Country duo The Young Fables (Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford) put their own spin on Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine" in a new video premiering exclusively today (September 18) on Wide Open Country. Forty-eight years ago (on September 18, 1971) "Ain't No Sunshine," penned by Withers, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
Laurel Wright says she's long been inspired by Withers' vocal performance on the record and the song's enduring power.
"The first Bill Withers record I heard was 'Live at Carnegie Hall' and he shines on that album," Laurel Wright tells Wide Open Country. "The songs are so deceptively simple, but masterfully crafted and the subject matter can be dark to light hearted. His personality is so present in the songs and the record. You can tell he loves what he does and the people who play with him and the audience. He is such a genuine person and artist. 'Ain't No Sunshine' is one of our favorites to play, because it is such an open song. You can do whatever and it still works just as well. We've added some different chords and solos, changes to the melody and it still works! That's a mark of a great song."
Watch The Young Fables' cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" below.
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