Wednesday, July 11, 2007

david coverversion: merle travis vs. johnny cash

gary glitter has a hard spot in his british pants for minors, while merle travis had a soft spot in his kentucky heart for miners. maybe it's because he was from muhlenberg county, the very same coal miner county that john prine sings about in his song 'paradise'. having written such coal miner exploitation songs as 'sixteen tons' and 'dark as a dungeon', merle travis was best known for his guitar playing known as "travis picking" and is obviously named after the way he picked his guitar. here johnny cash gives us his take on merle's 'dark as a dungeon'. johnny cash was also caught with like 1200 amphetamine pills while crossing back into the usa from mexico. ok usa!

merle travis - dark as a dungeon
johnny cash - dark as a dungeon

john prine - paradise

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