Gord Downey and the Tragically Hip are mythical figures here in Buffalo and beyond, so we’re typically hesitant to give approval to just any old cover of The Hip. We think Toronto-native Tristan Armstrong did a fantastic job capturing the energy of the iconic Canadian band on his cover of “It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night,” all the way down to the album art. A bit of bedroom-pop energy mixed with some Spoon influences, plus Armstrong’s distinct vocal stylings, help this cover embody the eclectic nature of the original with just enough original flare to set it apart.

Good stuff, Tristan. You can find “Nashville” on both Bandcamp and Spotify.