Alternative rock band Alberta Cross recently performed a cover of Willie Nelson's classic ballad "Always On My Mind" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series filmed at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song and performances of original music.
"Always On My Mind" is the title track featured on Nelson's 1982 album of the same name. The song netted Nelson a GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male and a nomination for Record Of The Year at the 25th Annual GRAMMY Awards. In addition to their adaptation of "Always On My Mind," Alberta Cross performed two original songs, "Crate Of Gold" and "Lay Down."
With a sonic blueprint reminiscent of artists such as the Band and Neil Young, Alberta Cross is the project of lead vocalist/guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers, who joined forces in 2005 at a London pub. Following the release of a self-produced EP, 2007's The Thief & The Heartbreaker, Alberta Cross released their debut album, 2010's Broken Side Of Time. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Their sophomore effort, Songs Of Patience, was released in 2012, peaking at No. 19 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Chart. Co-produced with GRAMMY winner Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, My Morning Jacket), Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Young The Giant) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Muse, Interpol), the album contains 10 tracks showcasing the duo's strong songwriting sensibilities, including "Crate Of Gold," a politically charged anthem exploring the motivations of the Occupy movement.
Alberta Cross' live lineup is rounded out by drummer Fredrik Aspelin, guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan and keyboardist Alec Higgins. Alberta Cross' upcoming tour itinerary includes a concert on March 21 in New York.