It’s that time again — that period in between tour legs when everything seems eerily quiet on the Springsteen front. We can’t help but wonder what may be looming just beyond the horizon: A new album announcement? A full 2014 tour that brings Bruce back to U.S. shores? An “Other Band” reunion? (Shane Fontayne is still waiting for the phone to ring.)
Meanwhile, there are any number of Springsteen-related distractions to occupy yourself with — not the least of which is this spectacular cover of “The River” by The Unusual Suspects (and friends) of Waterford, Ireland, released to raise funds for the families of four Irish fishermen who died in a fishing tragedy in June. It’s a fairly straightforward cover, but somehow manages to capture the song’s tragic underbelly while avoiding the charity-single cheesiness that tends to come when artists trade verses as they go along. Grab it on iTunes/ie.