Exclusive track: Elizabeth Moen and her band cover ‘I Put a Spell on You’

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Elizabeth Moen

Cedar Ridge Winery — Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

Elizabeth Moen and her bandmates — Justin LeDuc, Blake Shaw and Dan Padley — were out at Flat Black Studios earlier this month, recording tracks for their second LP, which they expect to release next spring. In between takes, they decided to have a little Halloween fun with the classic 1956 track “I Put a Spell on You.” Written by blues singer and shock rock pioneer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the tune made the cut both on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Rolling Stone‘s 2004 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“I Put a Spell on You” has been covered by everyone from Nina Simone to Bryan Ferry to Annie Lennox, but the version close to Moen’s heart is Bette Midler’s in the 1993 seasonal delight Hocus Pocus.

“I used to (still do) love Hocus Pocus,” Moen said in an email, “and I would sing this song all October long when I was a kid.”

She says she hopes her version “makes the cut for anybody’s Halloween party playlists.”

Moen and her band have their last show together for a few months this Friday, Oct. 20 at Cedar Ridge Winery. There is no cover, and the show is early enough with its 6 p.m. start time for Moen to make a beeline “straight back to Iowa City after to catch Witching Hour events.” On Sunday, Moen takes off to Europe for a solo tour.

Recording cover tunes out at Flat Black has become something of a studio tradition. The first track, released in April, was Will Whitmore and friends covering the Cars’ “Let the Good Times Roll.” Brian Johannesen and David Zollo & the Body Electric’s take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi” came out in May.

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