Folk rock band The Lumineers has recorded a cover of country western icon Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper." The band is donating all of the proceeds from the track to the Brown Paper Bag Movement which provides food and clothes to those who are homeless.
The Lumineers' version of the song retains the old school vibe of the music, giving it an authentic feel of the days when Nelson and others would record simplistic tunes that draw listeners into the poetry. The cover is backed by a lone guitar and appears to be recorded with a one-take approach.
"Pretty Paper" was written by Nelson in 1963 and was recorded by Roy Orbison who made it famous at a time when Nelson was uniquely a songwriter. After Orbison's version hit No. 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart, Nelson recorded his own version of his song a year later. Then in 1979, it was the opening track to his holiday album Pretty Paper. It had been the last album he recorded in the 1970s. Willie Nelson recorded it once again in 1997 for Hill Country Christmas with his sister Bobbie Nelson.
Listen to The Lumineers' "Pretty Paper" above.
For more information on the Brown Paper Bag Movement and how you can help, visit www.brownpaperbagmovement.org.