Veteran folk rocker Phil Cody toured with the late, great Warren Zevon in the 1990s and the two musicians became fast friends. Zevon passed away from cancer in 2003 at the age of 56, but his longtime friend is making sure his music continues with the release of stellar tribute album “Cody Sings Zevon.”
The 12-track release features stripped-down versions of classic Zevon songs culled from the famed songwriter’s entire discography. Some might be surprised (and disappointed) that there’s no cover version of Zevon’s most famous tune, “Werewolves of London,” but this fantastic record is a worthwhile investment nevertheless.
Cody does wonders with many of Zevon’s best compositions, putting his own stamp on such gems as “Boom Boom Mancini,” “Splendid Isolation,” “Mutineer,” “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” “Play It All Night Long,” “Don’t Let Us Get Sick,” “Lord Byron’s Luggage” and “Desperadoes Under the Eaves.” This is a fitting tribute to one of the all-time greats. (Jeffrey Sisk)