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Nashville-Based Singer Alicia Blue Covers Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams'

Alicia Blue has come a long way since she first performed a folk song at an open-mic night in her home city of Los Angeles in 2017. And I mean that literally. She moved from the city of angels to Nashville, Tenn. to further her music career, and since then, she's worked with John Paul White of the Civil Wars on her recent single, "Young," which sounds like a cross between White's former duo and Phoebe Bridgers.

It's one of three songs (along with "Best Hands" and "I Want It Faster") that will appear on her next EP, "Inner Child Work, Pt. 2," which will be released March 3. Its singles range from soft folk to a Neko Case-esque mix of rootsy, angsty and melodic on "Faster."

Her latest release, however, is a cover of the Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," which isn't the first time she tackled a song by famous rock band. (Her dreamy cover of Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says" came out last year.)

Taking on a band like Fleetwood Mac is no easy task, and Blue is well aware.

"I get it, it’s a pretty bold choice. I suppose the rule is that if you can’t make it better don’t do it. But sometimes it’s a heart thing and you just have to go for it. This one kinda poured out of me," Blue said in a press release.

The song was written and sung by Stevie Nicks, who has spent time living in Calif., herself.

"'Dreams' transcends language through its stark lyricism. You don’t have to know what Stevie is singing about to connect to the depth of the experience. You’re just somehow part of it," Blue said.

While the song sounds more modern than the 1977 original, it's not too far removed, stylistically, from Fleetwood Mac's version, but that's how you to should do it if you absolutely have to cover a classic. And Blue says she did.

"I’ve never had a cover put me in my body like making 'Dreams' did. Perhaps I avoided it for years knowing how much it affected me. But I knew I had to present it to my producer, Dan Knobler, and his crew, to see what we could do with it."


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