Go to the Woods of Montana to Experience Dan Dubuque’s Slide Guitar Covers the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and Tool


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Perched deep in the woods of Montana is a man named Dan Dubuque. Over the past few weeks, Dubuque (follow him on Facebook here) has uploaded a series of performances videos to YouTube featuring him sitting in a serene spot with a slide guitar. It’s a musical remedy to the anxiety of the COVID-19 era, and so far his videos have been incredible to witness.

In these videos, he covers notable songs from artists like Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine and Tool — but these aren’t just “guy sits with a guitar and plays his favorite songs,” like you see so often on the internet.

No, Dan Dubuque is a cut above, and his slide guitar performances of these songs will take your breath way. There’s something incredibly calming and peaceful about the videos, probably due to the vibe of the woods he’s situated in for each performance, as well as the precision with which he performs the songs on his Weissenborn slide guitar.

Here he is playing the Stones’ “Paint It Black”:

Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of” remains a rock staple to this day — and sounds even more incendiary and pissed-off on slide guitar.

The tortured angst and grunge-y melancholy of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” takes on an even stronger impact in this format, as well.

He even attempted to cover “Descending,” a sprawling, 13-minute song from Tool’s recent album Fear Inoculum. This one seems incredibly tough for Tool to pull off in its own right, let alone one man with a guitar, but it’s a jaw-dropping effort nonetheless:

On his Facebook page, Dubuque says he learned to play the guitar in high school and took up the slide guitar after being inspired by a Ben Harper concert.

Dan Dubuque is accepting tips via Venmo (find him at his username @dan-dubuque-music-fund), in case anybody watching feels inspired enough to chip in a few bucks to keep this going … which would be fantastic, since these videos are a real treat.


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