Sheryl Crow by Wes Orshoski
Sheryl Crow has shared a new “duet,” combining a Johnny Cash cover of her song “Redemption Day” with newly recorded vocals.
The track originally appeared on Crow’s self-titled 1996 LP, and it was written following an eye-opening visit to Bosnia, where the singer-guitarist performed for members of the armed services.
Cash re-recorded “Redemption Day” in 2003, and it was released posthumously in 2010 on his American VI: Ain’t No Grave LP.
Layering her own vocals over Cash’s, Crow now sees the song as a duet and the accompanying video depicts environmental devastation and human tragedies.
“I feel like Johnny Cash would have an opinion on what’s happening today,” Crow told Rolling Stone. “He was very outspoken. He was a great American in my estimation. He stood for the rights of Native Americans and he stood out against the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. … He was who he was and he was going to say his piece and stand up for what he believed.”
The song will appear on Crow’s yet-to-be-announced album, alongside additional features by Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh and Keith Richards. Crow has also said the album will be her last.
Listen to the new version of “Redemption Day” below: