Songs We Wish We’d Written II by Pat Green

In 2001, Texas singer/songwriters Pat Green and Cory Morrow put their own musical spin on a collection of solid tunes with Songs We Wish We’d Written. Nearly a dozen years later, they’ve teamed again to pay tribute to an assortment of gifted songwriters from various musical genres.

They completely reshape Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ mid-tempo rocker “Even the Losers” into a slow-burning piano ballad. While Warren Haynes’ “Soulshine” has been cut by two bands he’s associated with—The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule—Pat turns in a particularly soulful performance on the tune, aided by Monte Montgomery on vocals and some blistering guitar licks.

Occasionally, the original artist is invited to help re-record a tune. Pat pairs with Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland for a stripped-down, country-tinged version of the band’s “The World I Know,” and trades lines with Aaron Lee Tasjan on Aaron’s “Streets of Galilee.”

Pat and Cory round out the album with honorable takes on songs from fellow Texas songwriters Joe Ely (“All Just to Get to You”), Jon Randall (“Austin”) and Lyle Lovett (“If I Had a Boat”).

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