All the man needs is a guitar. Give Ed Sheeran six strings and he can make anything happen — from the hip-hop fury of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” to the sweet ballad of “Thinking Out Loud.” And now, Sheeran is trying out blues with his cover of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for a “Sons of Anarchy” episode.
I released a brand new song today on iTunes. I did a cover of @foyvance for the penultimate sons of anarchy episode, I'm really proud of it
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) December 2, 2014
The sorrowful song focuses on Ed’s voice, showing off his grittier side but also flashing us a bit of forlorn falsetto toward the end. You can imagine him singing it in a roadside bar with dim, dusty lighting and a single drummer by his side. The instrumentals are scarce, but the guitar carries just as much emotion as his voice.
“When the sins of my father/ Weigh down in my soul/ And the pain of my mother/ Will not let me go,” he sings on Vance’s song — one that Ed often performs on tour. Vance, an Irish musician, has opened for Ed.