Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” is timeless—which means it’s been covered countless times. Here’s one more, by Nicole Atkins and Mark Lanegan, that’s worth your while.
The song came to Atkins in a dream while she was staying in a Vermont inn that was practically a “magical retreat in the woods,” the singer-songwriter told Stereogum. “I dreamt that I was in an old tower and I was singing an old ’60s country style duet of the Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain,’ and it sounded awesome. I immediately woke up and sang it into my phone the way I heard it.”
Atkins has known Lanegan since 2006 (a connection first forged over Myspace, in fact), and they’d been talking about singing together for more than a decade now, she said. “This seemed like the perfect time to do it. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by asking and it turned out exactly as I’d pictured.”
The country rock duet they’ve come up with, seasoned with slow guitar strums and lap steel, is plenty different from the original—but with a classic like “November Rain,” that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Lanegan’s sandpapery growl complements Atkins’ sweet, clear tones perfectly. Listen to it below: