I am not a huge country music fan, but you don't accumulate a collection the size of mine without having some in there. It's mainly the guitar tuning-there is a lot of good songwriting in country music.
But one of my favorite songs on a country album came from the very tail end of Johnny Cash's career, and it was a cover song.
I am not sure if any past BOTB post ever featured Johnny Cash's Hurt, but if not, here it is, and if so....here it is again.
First, the haunting cover by Johnny Cash. Johnny is clearly nearing the end of the road-you can hear it in his voice-and it makes the version quite compelling.
Next, another cover version by Leona Lewis. Lewis is a British pop star, but her 2011 EP released to tide fans over between her second and third albums contained some pretty ambitious stuff, this song being an example of that.
You know the routine. Listen. Comment. Opine.