Blue Élan Records has released a 30th anniversary cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness” by Colin Devlin, of The Devlins, and the late steel guitarist Rusty Young, of Poco, his final recording.
Below is the cover song premiere of U2’s “Love is Blindness” by Colin Devlin & Rusty Young:
Rusty Young passed away in April, and his In Memoriam is featured in the Goldmine July 2021 issue. Young’s final studio recording was his prominent steel guitar performance on this cover of U2’s finale from their 1991 Achtung Baby album, which featured the singles “Mysterious Ways” and “One.”
Colin Devlin, who is currently working on a much anticipated new Devlins record, which is due for release on Blue Élan later this year, said, “It was an honor to play and record this song with Rusty. I’ve long admired his songwriting and his steel guitar playing. He really did invent the pedal steel sound in what came to be known as country rock. Rusty had heard the version that The Devlins had done with the violinist Sharon Corr, of The Corrs, many years ago and liked it. After Rusty’s recent passing, Kirk Pasich, the founder of Blue Élan Records called me up and said, ‘We should get this recording out.’ For me, the song, and Rusty’s playing took on a whole new poignancy with his passing. It was a live take in the studio, from his very last recording session, and you feel like he’s in the room with you when you listen. His playing is so soulful.”