Cole Chaney is the real deal.
Personally, for me, Chaney is the unsung hero of Appalachian country music, hailing from the hills of eastern Kentucky.
His debut album Merciful was one of my top 5 favorites last year, and it’s easy to see that it has no upper limit.
The man’s songwriting is incredible, with vivid storytelling that has you imagining the lyrics like a movie in your head and mixing that with his sombre vocals? It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name.
With that said, I found myself going through some old ones Sturgill Simpson videos after hearing his stunning cover of When It Comes To You John Anderson tribute album today, and I stumbled upon this hidden gem by Chaney himself.
In the video, Chaney Sturgill’s bluegrass version of “Oh Sarah” covers his Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2 album, with the original version being from his 2016 year A Seaman’s Guide to Earth Project.
Needless to say, last year Chaney put together a masterful rendition of the song on an outdoor lawn in Tully’s Backyard in Huntington, West Virginia.
Listen to it:
Here’s Sturgill’s own performance, which is definitely not about Sarah Silverman:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/05/watch-cole-chaney-deliver-a-performance-of-sturgill-simpsons-oh-sarah/ Watch Cole Chaney Deliver A Performance Of Sturgill Simpson’s “Oh Sarah”