The Mother Hips released a new single, “I Don’t Want To Drive You Away.” The Anne Murray cover is set to land on the Bay Area-based rockers’ upcoming album, Glowing Lantern, arriving on December 3 via Blue Rose.
“I Don’t Want To Drive You Away” is the first cover included on a Mother Hips studio album in their 30-year (the band celebrates the milestone this year), 11-album tenure. Originally penned by Canadian singer-songwriter David Wiffen, “David’s Song (I Don’t Want To Drive You Away)” appears on Murray’s 1968 debut LP, What About Me.
The Mother Hips fortuitously stumbled across the tune via a cassette in a truck stop, as guitarist Greg Loiacono explained in The Bluegrass Situation, who premiered the single. Read an excerpt from the interview below:
We came across an Anne Murray cassette tape in a truck stop some years back. The album cover was so fascinating to us that we decided to buy it. The music and recording blew us away. Her version of this song in particular with its groove, harmonies and far- out production really spoke to us, so we worked up our own version.
It’s absurd in a way—a rock band covering an Anne Murray song. She’s mom music. We had no idea her first record was this weird countrypolitan, psychedelic record with Glen Campbell and all these LA hot shot musicians on it. We’d later realize it was written by David Wiffen whose songs have been recorded by artists like Roger McGuinn, The Cowboy Junkies, The Jayhawks and The Black Crowes, so all in all, it turned out to be a fitting choice for the first ever cover song on a Mother Hips record.
Listen to The Mother Hips on “I Don’t Want To Drive You Away” below: