Singer Nicole Atkins has joined forces with Mark Lanegan for a new and fresh reworking of the classic GNR ballad “November Rain.” Atkins said to Stereogum, via Ultimate Classic Rock the idea came to her while staying in an inn located in Vermont a few summers back.
“I had some really weird dreams during my two nights there.In one of them, I [dreamed] I was in an old tower and I was singing an old ’60s country-style duet of the Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain,’ and it sounded awesome. I immediately woke up and sang it into my phone the way I heard it. When I got back to Nashville, I called a couple friends and went into our friend JD’s home studio and recorded it. Everything came together really quickly.”
Then she contacted Mark Lanegan ex-frontman with The Screaming Trees and he was into the idea. Atkins continued,
“The best thing with this cover is that I’ll play it and people don’t realize what they’re listening to until 30 seconds in. My dad thought it was a Conway Twitty cover. Then they all go, ‘Wait, is this “November Rain”? I love that song!'” “Doing this song was a blast,” Lanegan added. “It combined two of my favorite things: Nicole’s beautiful voice and GNR.”
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