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Charm City Devils, ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’: Exclusive Video Premiere

Jeff Chanault

Most people probably became aware of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow” when it was prominently featured in the the 2000 Coen Brothers film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, but the song has a deeper history than that. Written in 1913 by a folk singer named Dick Burnett and has been covered by a number of singers throughout the last nine plus decades.

But it’s the Charm City Devils‘ new version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” that you’ve probably heard most recently. The Baltimore-based rockers’ revved-up cover of the folk classic, which will be featured on their upcoming SINS album, has become a hit on radio and has caused many listeners to pause and ask, “Who is this?!”

“It’s blowing us away,” Charm City Devils vocalist John Allen said of the cover song’s success during a recent chat with Noisecreep. “It’s so fascinating how radio stations are finding it across the United States and popping it on. We’re getting a great response to it. We musically changed it of course and tweaked the lyrics. I wrote what we consider a more modern chorus to it — so if you’re a real purist, somebody who loves that song — you might have some objections to what we do with it.”

In this Noisecreep exclusive, we bring you the video premiere of Charm City Devils’ modern take on “Man of Constant Sorrow.”

Watch Charm City Devils’ “Man of Constant Sorrow” Video
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SINS will be released electronically on April 10. Charm City Devils will embark on a U.S. club tour beginning April 21. “Man of Constant Sorrow” is available for purchase now on iTunes.

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