Discovery: the Southern Gothic

Straight Up is actually a cover of the Paula Abdul song, with this version created by folk band the Southern Gothic.

By Jane Howkins

We don’t normally write about cover songs here, but this version is so good that I just had to share it! The song is stripped-down, with a steady backbeat that mixes well with the folky stylings that the Southern Gothic bring to the table. The banjos and violins give the music a haunting quality, aligning well with the main vocal melody, which is filled with emotion throughout.