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I don’t know about you, but I love a good cover – especially when the artist delivering the cover manages to inject their own sound and flavor into the song without totally deviating from the original blueprints. In that regard, YouTube sensation Puddles the Clown absolutely knocked it out of the park with his cover of James Gang’s “Walk Away,” giving the 1971 Joe Walsh-driven tune a little somethin’ special with the help of an acoustic guitar and a killer two part harmony.
Noticeably upbeat compared to his older covers of songs like “Wish You Were Here” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Puddles’ cover of “Walk Away” is a refreshing new twist from the 7 foot tall clown whose abject sadness quickly endeared him to fans around the world.
The video was shot during Puddles’ visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ahead of his performance at the House of Blues Cleveland, and thanks to rock luminary David Spero was introduced to new friend and accompanist Nate Jones who holds it down beautifully alongside Puddles from the comfort of his House of Blues green room.
Some may find it a little too happy and upbeat for a clown that’s made his bones being anything but, but the change hits out at the parts of us that are equally multi-faceted and just longing for a way to express the heady brew of emotions stirring within. In that regard, Puddles succeeded in spades for a cover we can’t get enough of, and it’s one we’re sure you’ll enjoy just as much. Check it out in the video below!