Sheryl Crow continues to tease her final album Threads with a new single: a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Everything is Broken,” featuring Jason Isbell.
This updated version of the Dylan classic retains the core elements of the blues tradition: A harmonica wails throughout, the chord progression walks its way up and Crow and Isbell connect on the choruses after trading verses.
“Jason Isbell is one of the most incredible, badass guitar players around. He kills this song with his voice and chops… and soul!” Crow declared on Twitter.
The pair’s take on “Everything is Broken” is a shining masterclass in duets that’s likely to be one of several on Threads. The record features an exhaustive list of collaborators, including Keith Richards, Gary Clark Jr, St Vincent, Sting, Chuck D, Eric Clapton, James Taylor and more.
Other previously released singles include a rework of Crow’s 1996 song “Redemption Day” with vocals from the late Johnny Cash, “Live Wire” featuring Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt, and “Prove You Wrong” with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris.
Threads will be released August 30. Listen to Crow and Isbell on “Everything Is Broken” now: