Track of the Day: 'Down the Line' by the Gutter Twins

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This cover series is starting to get meta:

While listening to Junip’s version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” that you posted, I’m reminded of a song by José González (of both Junip and solo fame), “Down the Line,” covered by the Gutter Twins (Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs and Mark Lanegan of the cigarettes/whiskey combination). González’s original version is masterful and haunting; “Don’t let the darkness eat you up” lingers well after the song ends. But the Gutter Twins turn it into a full rock anthem—the perfect late night driving or running song. Dulli’s voice pairs well with the added violin and Lanegan’s deep background vocals.

This is a fun series!

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