Lauren Watkins has shared a brand new cover of Patty Griffin's iconic track, ‘Rain’, across her socials.
Watkins’ rendition of the classic song once again conveys the raw, smoky quality of the Tennessee native's vocals, which give the introspective ballad a fresh sheen of heartbreak.
‘Rain’ tells the moving story of a protagonist yearning for something more substantial and stable from her lover, despite knowing deep down that he's never going to be able to offer this due to his own internal battles (“Strange how hard it rains now / Rows and rows of big dark clouds / When I'm holding on underneath this shroud”).
‘Rain’ appeared on Patty Griffin's widely acclaimed 2002 album, 1000 Kisses, and has since gone on to become one of the Maine songsmith's many celebrated tracks, alongside other fan-favourites such as ‘Long Ride Home’, ‘Heavenly Day’ and ‘Let Him Fly’.
Lauren Watkins dropped her debut EP, Introducing: Lauren Watkins, in April, but before she'd released any original music, the up-and-coming singer-songwriter had already built a strong online following as a result of her sinuous, eye-catching covers.
Although we imagine Watkins’ stellar version of ’Rain’ will not make the cut on her upcoming debut album, we're hoping previously teased unreleased tracks such as ‘Stuck In My Ways’, ‘Jealous Of Jane’ and ‘Cowboys On Music Row’ will find their way onto the tracklist.
The newly shared Patty Griffin cover comes shortly after Lauren Watkins made an impressive debut at CMA Fest. However, given the fact that her performance was cut short due to severe weather, the decision to cover ‘Rain’ feels particularly pointed.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that, by the time Lauren Watkins makes her CMA Fest return next year, the country prodigy will be able to deliver a full, uninterrupted set - and we're also hoping that she'll have a new album's worth of material out in the world.
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