Big Red Machine's cover of "A Crime" is the first cover to be shared from epic Ten, a double album featuring the original tracks as well as covers.
Van Etten will release a new cover from epic Ten each Thursday. Other artists that have covered songs for epic Ten include Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Courtney Barnett ft. Vagabon, IDLES, Shamir and St. Panther.
Aaron Dessner of Big Red Machine says, "Sharon is one of my favourite songwriters and I've been very lucky to get to collaborate with her many times over the years. Recording "A Crime" with Justin [Vernon], more than 10 years after we covered "Love More" at Music Now with my brother Bryce - and thinking about all our shared memories - it felt like coming full circle. It's an honour to be able to pay tribute to Sharon and her incredible songs. We felt like the door should be about to fall off the hinges of this version and I think it sounds like that."
On top of announcing the double album, Van Etten has shared news of an accompanying documentary and concert stream. The short documentary will be based on the making of epic and the significance of LA's Zebulon venue, which will be the location for Van Etten's concert stream that will see her and her live band perform epic in full. Both the documentary and concert will be streaming on 16 and 17 April. Profits will be donated to Zebulon. Visit nocapshows.com for tickets.
Van Etten says of epic, "epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist -- going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I’ve looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music."