Throwback Thursday: Nick Drake

nickdrakenickdrakeFor this week’s Throwback Thursday we are playing a set a set of Nick Drake covers in honor of the release of his upcoming tribute album Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.

Nick Drake was a young English singer-songwriter, renowned for his light guitar based songs that sadly never reached an extremely large fan base. Drake was signed to Island Records at the young age of 20 and released his first album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969 while he was still enrolled at the University of Cambridge. Drake refusal to perform live, or be interviewed, led to his lack of success. Only four years after his first album, Nick Drake released two more records, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Drake was an extreme introvert that loved his music above all else. Dying at the young age of 26, Nick Drake was a victim of depression and taken before his time. His emotional lyrics and style inspired artists like Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Beck, and The Black Crowes.

The new tribute album, “Way To Blue”, was made by Drake’s original producer, Joe Boyd, after Boyd putting together a series of concerts in the UK and Australia to commemorate Drake’s songwriting ability. Many well-known artists wanted to be a part of this tribute album, but Boyd wanted to stick to lesser known artists to stay true to Drake’s style. Artists like Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, and Teddy Thompson and Crystle Warren all provide their own renditions to Nick Drake’s songs.

Celebrate Nick Drake with us today at 5PM at WERS!

By Blaise Fritsche

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