WANT TO GO?
With Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason and Red Baraat
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $30, at the door $35
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org_____
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Feelin' Alright" is one of those songs that never goes out of rotation on classic rock radio. Most people hear it and think of Joe Cocker, but every now and again, another version turns up.
There are a few. Some of the high points include Three Dog Night, The Jackson Five, Huey Lewis and the News, The Black Crowes and Widespread Panic, but there are about 50 versions out there, according to singer/songwriter and guitarist Dave Mason, who wrote and recorded the song with the British rock band Traffic back in 1968.
Mason, who performs Sunday night at the Clay Center on "Mountain Stage," still sounded a little mystified at the tune's enduring popularity.
"It's taken on a life of it's own," he said, acknowledging that mostly has to do with Cocker.
It's one of his signature songs, although it was never a big hit for anybody. The song didn't crack the Top 100 on the Billboard charts for Traffic, and Cocker's take on it only made it to No. 69 in 1969 and No. 33 in 1972 -- hardly a monster.
Yet the song has endured. It's turned up on the radio, in films, on television and, probably, half the bars in the English-speaking world.
"Yeah, a lot of garage bands," Mason agreed and laughed.
He doesn't mind. He said that when he set out to write that song, he was trying to come up with something timeless -- and so far, "Feelin' Alright," seems well on its way.
Part of the song's appeal might be due to the song's simplicity. Mason said he was trying to make the song as simple as his 19-year-old mind could imagine.
"The whole thing is just two chords."
And it's about something people can relate to -- a relationship.