Behind Closed Doors - Sleepy Wonder

from the album Setting The World On Fire (2017)

One of my favorite pool party playlists consists of reggae versions of great songs from the 60's and 70's.  Many were recorded back in the 70's as reggae artists attempted to cross over to British and American audiences.

These renditions did not have the "cruise ship" vibe that came into fashion in the 90s, but rather in Jamaican ska and roots reggae styles.  Some of my favorites include:

--> Sugar Sugar - Bob Marley & The Wailers

--> Suspicious Minds - The Heptones

--> Here Comes The Sun - Peter Tosh

--> Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - Joyce Bond

--> Black Magic Woman - Dennis Brown

This week, Sleepy Wonder released Setting The World On Fire, an album of new material.  My favorite track is Behind Closed Doors, a cover of the 1973 country classic by Charlie Rich.  I really dig it when great country tunes get covered in reggae.  These songs have a naturally slower tempo and often simpler chord patterns than rock songs allowing the reggae artist to slide right into the groove.

Can't wait to bust this one out this summer.

Click Here to hear a sample of Sleepy Wonder's cover of Behind Closed Doors on Amazon.

Click Here to listen to Charlie Rich's original version.