An Interesting Cover of the Proclaimers’ “500 Miles”

The band is Sun Rai.  News of them comes from their co-producer.  Here’s his email to me:

Hey Alan,

 I wanted to drop you a line to let you know about a very exciting project I’m co-producing with Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5, O.A.R.) with an astounding artist called Sun Rai.  His real name is Rai Thistlethwayte, and we met him a few years back while recording his band Thirsty Merc.  Rai is an absolute phenom.  A gifted singer, pianist, guitarist, and writer.  When he decided to move to the U.S. from his home in Sydney, AU. last year to pursue new musical challenges, Matt and I knew we had to do something with him.  And we wanted to do something that very obviously featured his amazing talent.

What we settled on was a series of live in-studio videos/recordings.  No edits, no overdubs, no tuning, no timing fixes.  Video and audio shot simultaneously, so that the viewers could experience exactly what went on in the room.  This is the first release from our first session, featuring Victor Indrizzo (Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Tegan and Sara) on drums.  It’s an absolutely fresh take on The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”  Rai plays Wurlitzer with his right hand, keyboard bass with his left, and sings all at the same time.  We’ll be releasing more songs from this session in the coming weeks.  We’re all very proud and excited about the project!  Hope you get a chance to check it out!

Okay.  Here we go.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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