Phoebe Bridgers is quickly becoming the go-to artists for a cover or two. During lockdown the singer has appeared on so many livestreams with a brand new cover for each of them that she has built up quite the catalogue of hits. Next up, and in line with Bridgers’ annual festive cover, she’s taken on Merle Haggard.
The song in question from the country legend is the beautiful ‘If We Make It Through December’ which, under the guiding hand of Bridgers, becomes an ethereal and angelic piece of music capable of turning raucous rooms in church pulpits.
The newly recorded version of the track will be available for download and the proceeds of it will go to the Downtown Women’s Center. The organisation goes on to try and support homeless women in Los Angeles. It’s a great cause supported by a fantastic cover.
Previous festive covers have also been brilliant. There was last year’s triumph alongside Matt Berninger and Fiona Apple, as the trio took on Simon & Garfunkle’s ‘7 O’Clock News/ Silent Night’. Prior to that, in 2018, Bridgers collaborated with Jackson Browne on a cover of McCarthy Trenching’s ‘Christmas Song’. The latest cover is equally as impressive.
Originally released by Haggard in 1974, ‘If We Make It Through December’ was a key piece of his album Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present and is expertly performed by Bridgers in this instance.
The new song has followed Bridgers’ recent release of the Copycat EP, which saw her re-record four songs form her 2020 smash-hit album Punisher. While it may feel a little bit too early to get into the Christmas spirit, if there’s one song that’s going to do the job, it’s this one.