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Acoustic Apple is a Long Island, NY based musician who loves to cover songs that famous (and not-so-famous) artists have created.  Most of the songs are Americana, Folk-Rock and Roots, but some Pop, Bluegrass and Bar-Band Rock songs manage to sneak into the sets. 

Zoom Song Circle recordings with some new friends in the UK.  Click the song titles to start the YouTube videos.


Wonderful World - Sam Cooke

Gentle Arms Of Eden - Dave Carter

Friend Of The Devil - Grateful Dead

Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor - Mississippi John Hurt



Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn

The Weight - The Band

Country Comfort - Elton John



These Hands - Dave Gunning

Free Falling - Tom Petty

Lady Of The Harbor - Joe Jencks

Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass



The Letter – The Boxtops

Concrete & Clay – Unite 4 + 2

Don’t Pull Your Love Out – Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds

Walk Away Renee – The Lefte Banke



Love the One You’re With – Stephen Stills

Tillman County – Dave Carter

All is Quiet – Lowen & Navarro

A Song for Tomorrow – The Attention Seekers



Eight More Miles to Louisville – Grandpa Jones

St. Christopher – Joe Jencks

Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan

Kenworth of My Dreams – Richard Shindell



Rider on an Orphan Train - David Massengill

Wait a Minute – Seldom Scene

Able, Baker, Charlie & Dog – Joe Crookston

Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton 


Below is a video of a performance by the Acoustic Apple duo at the Long Island Bluegrass Festival at Tanner Park on August 20, 2016.  Scheduled to perform 5 songs at the festival, we managed to get through 2 songs before a monsoon-level rain and wind hit the beachfront festival.  We performed a third song while the crowd ran for cover.  By the end of the song the audience was drenched and we had to cut our performance short.  Power to the sound-reinforcement equipment was cut for safety and I rescued my video camera, which miraculously survived the storm.  45 minutes later the storm passed and the festival continued under beautiful sunny skies.

Here is a list of some of the songs I cover as a solo performer:

Set 1
What a Wonderful World-Sam Cook
Gentle Arms of Eden-Dave Carter
I Know You Rider-Grateful Dead
Friend of the Devil-Grateful Dead
Make Me a Pallet-Mississippi John Hurt-Trad
Brandy-Looking Glass
A Song For Tomorrow-Alan Fish
Bad Moon Rising-CCR
1952 Vincent Black Lightning-Richard Thompson
Lauralee-Madison Violet
The End of The Innocence-Bruce Hornsby
Nowhere Man-Beatles
Don't Think Twice-Bob Dylan
Better Man-Clint Black
Set 2
Rooftop Graveyard-Mile 12
Solitary Man-Neil Diamond
A Hundred Pounds of Clay-Gene McDaniels
If It Hadn't Been For Love-Steeldrivers
Blue Train-Nashville Bluegrass Band
Hang Me-Grandpa Jones
Age-Jim Croce
Wagon Wheel-Bob Dylan & Old Crow Med.
Looking Out My Back Door-CCR
Mandolin Rain-Bruce Hornsby
Will The Circle Be Unbroken-Carter Family
Red Clay Halo-Gillian Welch
Family Demon-Tim O'Brien
Norwegian Wood-Beatles
Love The One You're With-Stephen Stills
Set 3
Battle of New Orleans-Jim Driftwood-John Horton
When the Cold Weather Comes-Dave Gunning
Wichita-Gillian Welch
If I Had a Boat-Lyle Lovett
Lonesome Pine-Blue Highway
Miss Ohio-Gillian Welch
I Only Want To Be With You-Dusty Springfield
Wait a Minute-Seldom Scene-Herb Petersen
Close The Door Lightly When You Go-Eric Anderson
Helplessly Hoping-CSN
Abraham Martin and John-Dion
Carrie Brown-Steve Earle
No Reply-Beatles
White Freightliner- Townes Van Zandt
No Ash Will Burn-Walt Aldridge
Set 4
Cold Missouri Waters-James Keelaghan
Did She Mention My Name-Gordon Lightfoot
Song For A Winter's Night-Gordon Lightfoot
Pancho and Lefty-Townes Van Zandt
When I Go-Dave Carter
I've Just Seen a Face-Beatles
With a Little Help From My Friends-Beatles
The Night Before-Beatles
The Letter-The Boxtops
I Won't Back Down-Tom Petty
The Weight-The Band
I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You-Tom Waits
City of New Orleans-Steve Goodman-Arlo Guthrie
Positively 4th Street + Blowing In The Wind-Dylan
Kenworth of My Dreams-Richard Shindell
Set 5
I Shall Be Released-Bob Dylan
Reunion Hill-Richard Shindell
It's All Over Now Baby Blue-Bob Dylan
Sheila-Tomy Roe
I'll Fly Away-Traditional
Paradise-John Prine
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues-Bob Dylan
Teach Your Children-CSN
The Times They Are A Changing-Bob Dylan
You Ain't Going Nowhere-Bob Dylan
Steel Rails-Louisa Branscomb-Allison Krauss
Secret Agent Man-Johnny Rivers
Things We Said Today-Beatles
The End of The World-Skeeter Davis
Set 6
Walk Away Renee-Lefte Banke
That Boy-Beatles
Four In The Morning-Youngbloods
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying-Gerry & Pacemakers
Colleen Malone-Hot Rize
Human Highway-Neil Young
Battle of Blair Mountain-Louise Mosrie
St Christopher-Joe Jencks
Early Morning Rain-Gordon Lightfoot
Knocking On Heaven's Door-Bob Dylan
Long Black Veil-The Band
If I Needed You-Townes Van Zandt
People Get Ready-Curtis Mayfield-The Impressions
Toast-Adam Ezra
That's Heavy-James Maddock
Set 7
Let It Be-Beatles
When I'm Gone-Phil Ochs
Farewell Angelina-Bob Dylan
Drift Away-Dobie Gray-Uncle Kracker-Mentor Williams
A Little Bit of Everything-Dawes
Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan
In The Blood-John Mayer
Have You Ever Seen The Rain-CCR
Who'll Stop The Rain-CR
Mary Ellen Carter-Stan Rogers
You've Got To Hie Your Love Away-Beatles
Able Baker Charlie & Dog-Joe Crookston
Ain't No Sunshine-Bill Withers
Old '55-Eagles-Tom Waits
Set 8
Love Minus Zero No Limit-Bob Dylan
Take It Easy-Eagles
Under The Boardwalk-The Drifters
Desolation Row-Bob Dylan
Some Dark Holler-Dwight Yoakam
People My Age-John Gorka
Being a Pirate-Don Freed


1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Written & recorded by Richard Thompson, 1991

This 2014 Jam included Gary and Steve, plus Jeff Scroggins and Roger Sprung on Banjos, and Jerry Korobow on guitar.

Banks of the Ohio - 19th Century Murder Ballad.  Composer unknown.

This 2015 video was taken at the Eclectic Cafe in Bay Shore, NY.

This 2016 video of Blue Train (written by the Nashville Bluegrass Band) was taken at the Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY.

This 2016 video of Catch The Wind (written by Donovan) was taken at the Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY.

This 2016 video of City Of New Orleans (Written and recorded by Steve Goodman in 1971, and made famous by Arlo Guthrie) was taken at the Bellmore Bean, Bellmore, NY.

This 2015 video of Don't Think Twice (Written and recorded by Bob Dylan in1963) was taken at the Eclectic Cafe, Bay Shore, NY.

Helplessly Hoping - Crosby Stills & Nash
(3:00 minute mark to 6:00 minute mark in video below) 

Video taken in 2016 at the Eclectic Cafe, Bay Shore, NY.

Lonesome Pine - Written by Wayne Taylor, Bass Player and Vocalist for Blue Highway.  Recorded by Blue Highway, 1995.  Video taken in 2015 at the Eclectic Cafe in Bay Shore, NY.  Backing vocals and guitar solo by He-Bird, She-Bird.


Lost Highway - Leon Payne, 1948 (recorded by Hank Williams, 1959)

Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor - Composer unknown (recorded by Mississippi John Hurt, 1928)

Norwegian Wood - Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  Recorded by The Beatles,1965

Ramblin' Fever (Merle Haggard).  Recorded in 2016 at Sip This, Valley Stream, NY.

Red Clay Halo - Written and recorded by Gillian Welch, 2001

Teach Your Children - Crosby Stills & Nash
(6:00 minute mark to 9:00 minute mark in video below)

Wait A Minute - Herb Pedersen, 1976  (Video from the Long Island Bluegrass Festival - 8/20/2016)