Cass McCombs and Steve Gunn have collaborated on two new songs. The first is a cover of Michael Hurley’s ‘Sweet Lucy’ while the other is a take on a traditional Scottish number called ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’. Proceeds from digital sales will be directed to Elevate Oakland, the Okra Project, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Physical copies are also available via Bandcamp. Listen to the covers here.
“This 7-inch was intended to be sold exclusively at our now-cancelled West Coast tour,” McCombs said in a statement. “My side is a song written by Michael Hurley, Steve’s side is a traditional Scottish/Irish song. We did them both the same day, as quickly as possible, in a studio in Burbank. It was supposed to be a souvenir.”
The singer-songwriter added: “I suppose it still is, but for a different reason. We decided to release a 7-inch of them on Juneteenth and donate proceeds to these organizations supporting Black lives to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.”
The accompanying artwork for the A-side was drawn by Hurley himself, while the B-side was created by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo. Check it out below.
Back in March, Gunn released the Livin’ in Between EP, which also featured covers of Neil Young and the Misfits. McCombs, meanwhile, contributed to Blake Mills’ latest LP Mutable Set.