John C. Reilly – I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)

It’s no secret that John C. Reilly is goddamn hilarious, especially for someone like me who is a fan of absurdist comedies.  Any time both Reilly and Will Ferrell are in the same room (regardless of the quality of the movie) it becomes comedy gold.  I know being funny doesn’t necessarily make you a good actor (Vince Vaughn) but Reilly has real chops, too.  See:  Gangs of New York, Cyrus, Boogie Nights.  The man completely under-appreciated.

Oh, by the way, guess what else he can do?  Sing, apparently.  This might not be news to fans of musicals made into mediocre movies or the ten people who paid to see Walk Hard but for the rest of you let me say that Reilly seems pretty comfortable behind the mic.  Now, an actor deciding to become a singer is nothing new (Zooey Deschanel, Juliette Lewis, Don Johnson) but what is interesting in this case is the genre, and the collaborators, that Reilly has chose.

The singles will be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records imprint (White also produced and played drums on the tracks).  If that combo doesn’t sound a bit off just wait. The songs are both duets and they are covers of classic country tracks and I don’t Vince Gill/Garth Brooks era country.  I’m not even talking about Merle Haggard/Johnny Cash era. The first track is a cover of Ray Price’s 1954 single “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want),” featuring Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark.

For whatever reason this odd combo really works.  It feels like Reilly is really into what he’s doing and I can respect that.  What I am saying, is that it doesn’t feel forced.  The man’s rich and (semi) famous and is just doing what he wants to do.  If he wants to make music great.  As long as it doesn’t suck I’ll listen to it.  So far, so good.

John C Reilly – I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)

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