Phoebe Bridgers has released a beautiful cover of Conor Oberst’s ‘Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)’ all in the name of helping out the Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theatre.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to lock away audiences in their homes, live music venues across the globe are struggling to make ends meet. While some artists have come out to help those people who run their tours or venues, Bridgers has turned her attention to the venues themselves.
Bridgers and Oberst have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with their band Better Oblivion Community Center and her cover of the track is beautiful. But the main reason for picking up the track for the Bootleg Theatre was that it was where the pair first met.
Bridgers shared the cover via social media to increase visibility on the Bootleg’s GoFundMe page. Their page reads: “As most of you know, we here at Bootleg Theater are a small, independently-run team dedicated to providing a safe space for some of the most cutting-edge performances and unforgettable experiences in Los Angeles. It deeply saddens us that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our only viable option for now is to close our doors and hope for the best. It is uncertain if and/or when we will be able to open our doors again, so we would like to take this time to thank every single one of you who has supported us before in any way, shape, or form.
“Our box office staff, bartenders, security, sound engineers, and day-to-day staff rely on our regular programming for work. Today, we are asking you to help our incredible, dedicated staff members make ends meet during this time of crisis in which we cannot operate as expected. All proceeds will be dispersed evenly to our staff. Thank you so, so much in advance for your time and kindness.”
Whatever the cause, as you might expect, the cover of the Ruminations track is a wonderfully crafted number and you can listen to it below. If you can, please donate to your local small business to help them during this unprecedented time.