While Seattle's Americana-meets-honky-tonk singer and superb songwriter Zoe Muth has been described by one local music scribe as "our own Emmylou", it's clear after releasing a pair of exquisite albums since 2009 -- notably last year's Starlight Hotel -- that Muth can stand firmly on her own. New EP Old Gold gathers up one original and five covers from artists Muth says "have been some of my biggest influences" including The McGarrigle's "Heart Like A Wheel" and John Prine's "Maureen Maureen". "I think it reflects my philosophy that there's not really much point in re-making a song the same way as it was originally done," says Muth. "I love taking lyrics and changing the phrasing and even tweaking the chord progression, so sometimes people have to wait until the chorus to recognize the song." Hear for yourself on "Get It While You Can", the classic Janis Joplin blues/rock belter by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman reinvented as a twangy roadhouse slow dance.
Zoe Muth - "Get It While You Can" (from Old Gold)
Zoe Muth - "Heart Like A Wheel" (from Old Gold)