Cover Song Of The Month – Redemption Song By Johnny Cash and Joe StrummerPosted: February 2, 2011
Sunday is not only Super Bowl Sunday. It is an occasion of no less significance. February 6 is Bob Marley’s birthday.
In celebration of Bob’s birthday, this month’s cover song is a version of one of his most loved songs – Redemption Song. Redemption Song is very simply arranged – just Bob and his guitar, but the lyrics have great meaning.
Redemption Song is one of those I thought no one should ever touch. Then I found the Johnny Cash/ Joe Strummer version. Some of you will recall that Strummer was part of one of the great bands of the punk movement, The Clash, then moved on to his own band, The Mescaleros. Johnny Cash is Johnny Cash…’nuff said there.
The guitar part remains simple, but not a duplication of Bob’s original. I like the interplay between the two voices and styles. This cover works for me.
So now it is time to vote on the Cover Song Of The Month…and don’t forget to leave your comments. It’s always appropriate to send Bob a birthday wish.