Duo Adds Bluegrass Flair to Backstreet Boys Cover

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If you ever wished for a Backstreet Boys cover with just a little more banjo, this YouTube duo’s cover will delight you.

The pair, members of a folk rock-Americana-bluegrass group called The Other Favorites, faithfully covered Backstreet’s 1999 mega-hit “Larger Than Life,” but in their own signature style. The pair reduced the song to its bare bones and rebuilt it, keeping the melody but eschewing the boy band flash.

Though the pop hit doesn’t lend itself easily to a bluegrass style, the group takes the song’s melody and runs with it. The result is a bluegrass style cover that sounds not only real and authentic, but soothing and purposeful. The style gives the song an earnest feel not found in the original Backstreet version. Read more…

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