Sheryl Crow has a new single out and it features the veteran singer teaming up with late country icon Johnny Cash for a duet on one of her old originals, “Redemption Day”.
The song was originally written by Crow back in the 1990s when it appeared on her self-titled 1996 album. The song was inspired by a trip which Crow took to war-torn Bosnia with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, where she visited military bases and performed for troops. Cash would go on to hear the song for the first time in 2003, shortly before his death in September of that year. Cash apparently asked a lot of questions about what the various lyrics penned by Crow may have meant, as he didn’t want to perform a cover the song without connecting with its core meaning, according to a statement shared via press release. Cash’s cover of “Redemption Day” would go on to appear on his 2010 American VI: Ain’t No Grave album.
Fast forward to 2019 and Crow has since re-recorded the song using Cash’s vocal track to act as a new duet. Crow also shared the new video to go with the song’s arrival on Friday, which was directed by Shaun Silva and features footage of Cash next to scenes of a young child watching history unfold. Fans can watch the video below to hear the new recording of the old song in full.
Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash – “Redemption Day”
The song acts as one of the first singles to be released which will also appear on Crow’s forthcoming studio album, which is also reported to be her last. The currently-untitled project will arrive on The Valory Music Co., and is scheduled for a summer release. Earlier this week it was reported that Cash would have his likeness added to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as the replacement for two Confederate statues.