Sign up for newsletter
 

Crow releases "Redemption" with help from Man in Black

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Sheryl Crow is out with a new single, "Redemption Day," featuring a country legend, Johnny Cash.

A video also was released.

"This song has had a lot of different lives," said Crow of the track that originally appeared on her Grammy-winning, triple Platinum, self-titled album in 1996. "It's led me to some strange and interesting opportunities."

The re-recorded version leads her forthcoming album on The Valory Music Co., slated for late summer.

A catalyst to writing "Redemption Day," Crow visited Bosnia with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, unbeknownst a storied history spanning more than 20 years would follow. "I'd never been anywhere even close to a war-torn area," Crow said of the trip, where she visited military bases, played for troops and met with families.

When she returned home, the news was covering the ongoing genocide in Rwanda. "We had all these resources tied up in Bosnia, and I kept thinking about how and why do we choose where to get involved. Is it desire for control, greed for oil. What is it?"

She sat down to write a song, a "diatribe from somewhere in my subconscious," challenging the motivation and machinery of war.

In 2003, one of Cash's sons-in-law played "Redemption Day" for the Man in Black, who then wanted to talk to her. "He asked a lot of questions about different lines and what I meant," said Crow. "He didn't want to put his voice to the song without being able to believe it heart and soul."

Cash recorded the song and told Crow that he felt it was the cornerstone of his next album, but his version wasn't released until 2010's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" album. While on tour in 2014, Crow performed "Redemption Day" as a duet with Cash's recording, projecting his image onstage, which inspired her to approach his estate with the idea of re-recording a collaboration of their voices for her new project.

Director Shaun Silva coupled footage of Cash next to scenes of a young child watching history unfold, in all of its tragedy and triumph, throughout the "Redemption Day" music video as a somber yet hopeful Crow carries the melody.

"As a mom of two young kids," said Crow, "I see that our kids watch what we do on their behalf and how we shape their future. They're privy to everything visual, especially now, and there's no way to shield your child from the roughness of reality. If we could see the world through a child's eyes, we would make different decisions."

"With what's happening in our nation now, and how dire things look, to have Johnny's voice offers some hope," she said. "Knowing how he felt about the song, I feel pretty certain that he would have some wisdom to impart about what's happening now and who we are becoming. I hope that wherever he is, he feels proud to be a part of it. I certainly feel his presence in the song."

Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and St. Vincent also contributed to the album.

More news for Sheryl Crow

CD reviews for Sheryl Crow

Threads CD review - Threads
With "Threads," Sheryl Crow gets the all-star-guest treatment on what she says is her swang song, with each song featuring a favorite fellow artist. She seems a little too young for this kind of tribute. Nevertheless, this a fine collection of songs, most of which Crow had a hand in writing. Some of these configurations work better than others. Kudos for including Public Enemy's Chuck D on "Story of Everything," even though their collaboration comes off sounding a little awkward. »»»
Feels LIke Home CD review - Feels LIke Home
The list of artists who want to have gone country shows no signs of letting up. After the inclusion of everyone from Kid Rock (guess who sang on his Picture?) to Jimmy Buffett comes rootsy rocker Sheryl Crow, whose jump to what passes for country these days in the mainstream market pretty much makes her a first cousin and isn't all that far fetched. But Crow is more country influenced than an outright country disc. Crow, who co-produced with Justin Niebank, sprinkles the songs with pedal »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

The Mavericks "Play the Hits" When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
Larue moves "Onward" The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
9 CD review - 9
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion  »»»
Ocean CD review - Ocean
Lady Antebellum may lean a little too closely to pop music for many tastes, but it's hard to argue with the trio's song choices. And its latest collection is filled with many memorable songs. The single "What If I Never Get Over You," »»»
Thinkin' Problem CD review - Thinkin' Problem
Most hard core country fans certainly have heard David Ball's 1994 "Thinkin' Problem," a true honky tonk classic. Ominvore is releasing the album in remastered expanded format with eight bonus tracks, marking its 25th anniversary. »»»
Onward CD review - Onward
Veteran Texas artist Stoney Larue has been through a lot in 20 years of touring and recording and puts that experience to good use on his first release since 2015's "Just Us." "Onward" enlists veteran Nashville producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson  »»»
Travelin' Thru The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 1967-1969 featuring Johnny Cash CD review - Travelin' Thru The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 1967-1969 featuring Johnny Cash
All these many years later, Bob Dylan 'bootleg' songs are still better than many intentional studio releases from other artists. Although some might have been shocked at the time to learn of Dylan's sojourn south to Nashville »»»
Play the Hits CD review - Play the Hits
When The Mavericks call an album "Play The Hits," It really should be qualified as "Play The Selective Hits" because this band has never been especially interested in performing only what's commercially viable.  »»»