From Gaga to Reba: A Few of Our Favorite Country Crossover Covers

Alex Chapman

As we sit here in the PAPER offices on a sunny Friday afternoon listening to Lady Gaga's country version of "Born This Way," we can't help but wonder -- Where's that CD of crossover covers our ex-boyfriend burned for us three years ago? Well, we can't find it (or him), but thanks to the Internet, we've selected some awesomely country covers of our favorite pop hits that are sure to make you wanna watch CMA all day while you plan your trip to Dollywood.
 
"If I Were A Boy" by Reba McEntire



This brilliantly raw rendition of Beyonce's fervent gripe with double standards achieves its own distinct sound and style (thanks to the twangy guitar and McEntire's impressive pipes) while remaining loyal to the original's poppy format.

Gin and Juice by The Gourds
 

</iframe</div>>  <br />Maybe it's because people's affinity for weed and alcohol transcends genre, but this fingerpicking cover seamlessly transports the 90s classic from the streets of Cali to a jam-fest on some dude's porch in Wyoming.<br /> <br />Tim McGraw- Tiny Dancer<br /> <br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6YVCg3hgJY&feature=related<br /> <br />Although the instrumental sounds like it was taken off a karaoke machine, McGraw is a showman, and this Elton John gem gives Faith Hill's hubby plenty room to show off. Job well done. Note: Instead of just posting the standard youtube vid, we've instead chose to post this creepy video someone made of Mariska Hargitay that uses the track as its backing music. Chilling.<br /> <br />Black Star-<br /> <br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YTW6zj6G-I<br /> <br />Gillian Welch's heartfelt vocals take Radiohead's 90s alt-rock opus to new heights in this melancholy acoustic performance. David Rawling's guitar helps the song stay country strong, and the two's harmonies during the chorus are to die for.<br /><br />

Maybe it's because people's affinity for weed and alcohol transcends genre, but this fingerpicking cover seamlessly transports the '90s classic from the streets of Cali to a jam-fest on some dude's porch in Wyoming.

Tiny Dancer by Tim McGraw



Although the instrumental sounds like it was taken off a karaoke machine, McGraw is a showman, and this Elton John gem gives Faith Hill's hubby plenty room to show off. Job well done. Note: Instead of just posting the standard YouTube vid, we've instead chose to post this creepy video someone made of Mariska Hargitay that uses the track as its backing music. Chilling.

"Black Star" by Gillian Welch



Gillian Welch's heartfelt vocals take Radiohead's '90s alt-rock opus to new heights in this melancholy acoustic performance. David Rawling's guitar helps the song stay country strong, and the two's harmonies during the chorus are to die for.

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