• June 19, 2014
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    Dead Covers Project Profiles: Noura Al-Mat

    Your fourth and final DEAD COVERS PROJECT pick Noura Al-Mat won us all over with her lo-fi rendition of "Ramble On Rose." Turns out, she's got more than a few Grateful Dead favorites. Find out what being a Dead Head means to the multi-instrumentalist and listen to her other classic covers here.

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    Tell us a little bit about your musical background.

    Ever since I was a little youngin', I've been singing. I love it. I remember we would have nap times and my parents would be so frustrated because all they heard coming out of my room were my songs. I learned to play the flute in 6th grade, but I went no further with it. I dabble on the piano a bit, and I've been playing guitar since I was 13.

    You've performed covers by everyone from The Black Keys to 4 Non Blondes. What made you decide to cover the Grateful Dead?

    Over the past year I've discovered a lot more Grateful Dead songs and I can say The Dead is my band of choice, so I felt the need to honor them.

    How did you decide upon "Ramble On Rose" for your Dead Covers Project performance?

    I was looking for a nice sweet song that I could do, and "Ramble On Rose" came to mind.

    What can we expect from you for the rest of 2014?

    I'm currently recording some covers for SoundCloud, and there may be a few more videos here and there.

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Your fourth and final DEAD COVERS PROJECT pick Noura Al-Mat won us all over with her lo-fi rendition of "Ramble On Rose." Turns out, she's got more than a few Grateful Dead favorites. Find out what being a Dead Head means to the multi-instrumentalist and listen to her other classic covers here.

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Tell us a little bit about your musical background.

Ever since I was a little youngin', I've been singing. I love it. I remember we would have nap times and my parents would be so frustrated because all they heard coming out of my room were my songs. I learned to play the flute in 6th grade, but I went no further with it. I dabble on the piano a bit, and I've been playing guitar since I was 13.

You've performed covers by everyone from The Black Keys to 4 Non Blondes. What made you decide to cover the Grateful Dead?

Over the past year I've discovered a lot more Grateful Dead songs and I can say The Dead is my band of choice, so I felt the need to honor them.

How did you decide upon "Ramble On Rose" for your Dead Covers Project performance?

I was looking for a nice sweet song that I could do, and "Ramble On Rose" came to mind.

What can we expect from you for the rest of 2014?

I'm currently recording some covers for SoundCloud, and there may be a few more videos here and there.

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First exposure to the Dead/first show:

The first time I heard about Grateful Dead was when I was sitting at lunch with one of my now close friends and we were talking about bands, and he brought them up.

Favorite Dead song(s):

"Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo," "Mama Tried," "Ramble On Rose," "Althea," "Iko Iko," and "Fire On The Mountain." (To name a few)

Favorite Dead era:

Late 70's

Being a Dead Head means...

You know how to get down to the music.

 

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It's pretty great to see all the different interpretations and the folks who make them...
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This was one of the covers that grabbed me the most. The delicacy of her voice and simplicity of her accompaniment really let the inherent beauty of the song shine through. Glad she won!
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...and love the guest appearance.
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i like this very much, soft and powerful. great job sis, keep it up. salam :)
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  • cosmicJerry
    4 years 2 months ago
    Great rendition
    i like this very much, soft and powerful. great job sis, keep it up. salam :)
  • PonchoBill
    4 years 3 months ago
    Great voice...
    ...and love the guest appearance.
  • FreedomHaul
    4 years 3 months ago
    Great performance!
    This was one of the covers that grabbed me the most. The delicacy of her voice and simplicity of her accompaniment really let the inherent beauty of the song shine through. Glad she won!
  • marye
    4 years 3 months ago
    thanks!
    It's pretty great to see all the different interpretations and the folks who make them...