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© Christie Goodwin
“OK, are you ready for something really different? Joe Bonamassa covers Babs - Barbra Streisand. That’s gotta turn some heads, right? [laughs]
“This is one of those crazy things we were messing around with. We were sitting around going, ‘How far can we take this?’ And yeah, doing Babs - who would expect that?
“All in all, I have to say, it was extremely hard to sing. I’m really pushing my register to the limit, totally straining. I start out soft and go to the growl. The people who’ve heard it love it, but I don’t know if you’ll be hearing me sing it live. I was blue in the face when we finished tracking it.
“I’m unapologetic about the song, through. It works as an album closer, and in a weird way, it serves as the glue that holds everything together. On this record, you’ve got blues, there’s some Nashville things, and then we finish it off in a most surprising way. I don’t know what Barbra Streisand will think it she ever hears my version of Prisoner. She’ll probably send me a cease-and-desist letter. But then, at least I‘ll know that she did listen to it!” [laughs]
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