Video: Gospel/Soul Outfit Carpenter Ants Cover Shania Twain


So, one day, the members of Canned Heat and NRBQ were shooting the shit with The Kentucky Headhunters and The Holmes Brothers when in walks Divine…. While we’re sorry to say, the above scenario is a fictitious one, it might serve as a teaser for this ingenious gender-flip.

Taking a somewhat commercial detour from its staple of harmony- and rhythm-rich, gospel soul, The Carpenter Ants take on Shania Twain’s monster single “I Feel Like a Woman” and seamlessly infuse it with a bedrock of blues rock. Check it out:

While the band’s tongue is firmly planted in cheek, this is far from a novelty track – vocally and musically it’s spot-on with a relentless, undeniable groove. Engineered and produced by longtime friend and collaborator Don Dixon, this recasting of “Woman” continues the band’s exploration of its version of the American songbook.

Over its nearly three-decade tenure, The Carpenter Ants have amassed an impressive, if not startling, resume; from two tours of Moscow and backing Rev. Jesse Jackson on an eight-city barnstorming tour, to various presidential rallies, gigs at churches, festivals, wakes and, of course, nudist camps.

Likewise, thanks, in part, to Ants’ guitarist Michael Lipton’s nearly 30-year relationship with the syndicated NPR show “Mountain Stage,” the band’s list of fans who have sat in on the after-show jams reads like a “Who’s Who” of indie music greats. Todd Snider, Taj Mahal, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Luther Allison, Jimmy LaFave, Solas, Mollie O’Brien, Hayes Carll, Terry Reid, Ben Sollee, Dwight Twilley, The Alternate Routes, Rodney Crowell, and Robyn Hitchcock have all participated in these late-night, out-of-the-public-eye events that ping-pong from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and gospel, and are a testimonial to the Ants’ prowess and versatility.

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