Dozens of artist have covered Chris Cornell’s songs in the last three days, paying tribute to the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman who died in Detroit on Thursday. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Heart lead singer Ann Wilson, and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine have all played Cornell’s songs—an indication of his unique breadth and influence.
Paul Cauthern and Cody Jinks’s haunting cover of “Black Hole Sun,” released late last night, is particularly moving. The two country singers strip Soundgarden’s Superunknown classic down to nothing more than a piano and two voices, trading off verses and drawing every sombre, apocalyptic drop from Cornell’s lyrics.
“Got with Paul Cauthen yesterday to celebrate the life & music of Chris Cornell,” Jinks wrote on Instagram yesterday. “I’m heartbroken along with many thousands of people who woke up today and realized Cornell is still gone.”
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