Bluegrass band Front Country, who hail from the San Francisco Bay area, are exclusively premiering a cover of Don Henley's 1984 hit "The Boys of Summer" on The Boot.

"The Boys of Summer" was the lead track and first single from Henley's Building the Perfect Beast album; it hit No. 1 on the Top Rock Tracks chart as well as No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100. Front Country lead singer Melody Walker lends her bluesy vocals to the well-known tune, and the band turns "The Boys of Summer" from a rock song into a front-porch bluegrass jam.

Front Country's version of "The Boys of Summer" is one of five cover songs that will appear on their Mixtape EP, which is set for a May 13 release. In addition to "The Boys of Summer," Mixtape features "Absentminded Melody" from Canadian songwriter Joel Plaskett and three more tracks that Front Country will be premiering each Friday leading up to the project's release date. By Mixtape's release, each single will be available via a physical copy, on iTunes and also on streaming services; before the full release of the EP, Front Country's mailing list subscribers will receive a high-quality download of each single exclusively through the band's website. More information about the project can be found on Front Country's website.

Mixtape follows up Front Country's first EP, This Is Front Country, released in 2013, and their full-length record, Sake of the Sound, from 2014; the Boot's readers may remember their yurt-inspired "Undertaker" music video. They'll hit the studio in late May to record their next LP.

For information on upcoming shows, visit Front Country's official site.

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