File Under Awesome:: Tom Waits inducted into Music Hall of Fame

The title kind of says it all. Last night Tom’s status as a Rock n’ Roll legend was solidified, came with a fitting quote (“They say that I have no hits and I’m difficult to work with,” Mr. Waits said as he accepted the award, “and they say that like it’s a bad thing.”) and a blistering performance of “Get Behind the Mule” with Neil Young. Waits is one of my few musical heroes. A man that has never compromised his vision or ideals for a buck, a man that can make clanky percussion and a gravelly voice a life changing moment, a man that can fire off instantly memorable quotes each time he opens his mouth, Waits is a true individual and the type of artist that comes along only once.


To play the man off stage, I’ve included a cover of one of Waits’ most well known songs, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, one that I first heard coming through the iconic, punk filter of The Ramones that was perfect as I explored the rebellion of youth but now seems more appropriate handled by Hayes Carll. From another artist, this song might seem adolescent or even naive, but considering the path Waits has traveled, it’s more of a personal anthem and Hayes’ respectful treatment embraces that. Enjoy, check out the rebroadcast on Fuse TV on Mar 20th, buy his records, and check out Hayes while you are at it. He’s a talent that should be heard more.

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MP3:: Hayes Carll - I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (Tom Waits cover)

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