Son Little, the Philadelphia singer and songwriter has released a beautiful cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s song “State Trooper.” The track was featured on Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 classic Nebraska. An album that was, before the proliferation of bedroom producers and rappers, recorded in Springsteen’s house, creating an eerily raw and powerful lo-fi album. Son Little released a self titled project nearly a year ago, listen to it here and read an interview we did with him here. The album Nebraska, and perhaps by extension, the song “State Trooper”, was according to Springsteen himself, partially inspired by Howard Zinn‘s seminal book A People’s History of the United States, a radical, and much more accurate, historical account of the United States. The narrative threads throughout the album were also inspired by the true story of a 19 year-old man named Charles Starkweather who went on a two month murder spree in Wyoming and Nebraska taking the lives of eleven people. Starkweather‘s 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, also accompanied him on the rampage. Son Little hauntingly sings the now infamous Springsteen lyrics:
“New Jersey Turnpike riding on a wet night‘Neath the refinery’s glow out where the great black rivers flowLicense, registration, I ain’t got noneBut I got a clear conscience ’bout the things that I doneMister state trooper, please don’t stop mePlease don’t stop me, please don’t stop me”
Son Little isn’t new to covering songs. Take a listen to this (very successful and interesting) stab at Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” here. Peep Son Little’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 song “State Trooper” below. Also scroll down to listen to the original and to see Son Little tour dates.