The first posthumous Taylor Hawkins release is here, and it’s a cover of Johnny Winter’s “Guess I’ll Go Away.”
The late Foo Fighters drummer recorded the rendition of Johnny Winter’s 1970 tune with Johnny’s brother, Edgar. On the cover, Hawkins takes the lead vocal lines, adding his own twist to the hard-rock tune. Hawkins and Edgar’s cover of “Guess I’ll Go Away” boasts a crisper production than the original, with heavier drum lines. Edgar offers up organ lines on the track, and Doug Rappoport plays the guitar.
This cover of “Guess I’ll Go Away” comes from a new tribute album, Brother Johnny, which Edgar released in memory of his sibling. Johnny Winter passed away in 2014 at age 70.
Listen to Taylor Hawkins and Edgar Winter’s cover of “Guess I’ll Go Away” below.
Edgar Winter explains on his website that he “wanted a younger, more energetic, modern approach to the vocal” on this version of “Guess I’ll Go Away.” Producer Ross Hogarth then introduced him to Hawkins, who then delivered some amazing vocals on the track. Edgar says that Hawkins had “sincerity, positive, energy, and pure enthusiasm.”
“He has a unique spontaneous style different from anyone I’ve ever worked with before,” Winter adds of Hawkins’ rendition of “Guess I’ll Go Away.” “I can be very opinionated – but as soon as I heard what he was doing, I knew it was best to step back, stay out of the way, and let him do his thing. That session was an experience I will never forget.”
Hawkins passed away unexpectedly in March at age 50. At the time, he was set to perform in Bogota, Colombia with the Foo Fighters.