Monday, July 14, 2008

Whitey Ford Sings the Folsom Prison Blues

I'm guessing if you're in love with the Man in Black's original styles and traditional sound, half of you will absolutely despise this post. The other half will get a kick out of churning projects featuring artists putting new spins on Johnny Cash staples.

Rumor has it that Snoop Dogg is contributing to the album Johnny Cash Remixed with a version of "I Walk The Line," to be released October 14th. In the meantime, Everlast, Grammy winner and former House of Pain front man, just released the video for his upcoming single covering Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." As a huge fan of Johnny Cash, I'm going to take the side of "change" and say that I think Everlast did a uniquely crisp cover of this song. Cash certainly doesn't need more publicity or mainstream coverage to solidify his stature as a music legend, but it's fun to watch classic songs re-emerge and transgress different genres. Regardless of your opinion on Everlast's take on the song, it proves once again that Cash is still completely relevant in today's music scene.

Without further ado, I'll let you take a listen to Everlast covering the Man In Black. This version of "Folsom Prison Blues" features accompanying rhythm from "Insane In The Brain" by Cypress Hill and will be released in September on Everlast's new album, Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford on his own label, Martyr Inc.

Everlast - Folsom Prison Blues

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