I’d Rather Go Blind by Julie Rhodes
The latest WFMO X Music Savage Show “Song of the Week” spotlight is on the fantastic cover of “I’d Rather Go Blind” from our very own Julie Rhodes. This is the second time we have focused on the Somerville musician, and for good reason. Rhodes’s take on the Etta James classic brings new life to the song as she belts out each lyric with enough soulful ferocity to bring chills to your spine and tears to your eyes.
Those familiar with her live show know this tune has become a standard during her performance, bringing shouts of joy as the guitar refrain kicks in and the keys smoothly fall into place. Etta James magnificently laid the groundwork on this track and created an emotional punch. Julie Rhodes and her band deliver that punch in full force right to your heart with their version.
You should probably get to one of her upcoming shows before everyone else catches on, and I can assure you that time is waning. The Julie Rhodes Band have a bunch of concerts coming up in May before leaving for their first ever European tour at the end of that month. Do yourself a favor and find out why our best kept local music secret is about to be exposed. You can thank me later.