Johnny Cash is, of course, a titan in the canon of American music. Bands of all styles have covered his tunes for as long as they've been around — ranging from noodly jam outfit Phish doing "I Walk the Line" to pop-punkers New Found Glory tackling "It Ain't Me Babe" in 2007. Here's another to add to that collection: Greg Blake's "Hey Porter." The Colorado picker opens up with a flourishing, fantastic bassline provided by bluegrass badass Mark Schatz, before diving into a classic bluegrass clip.
"I finish the first two verses and then Blaine Sprouse, Jeff Scroggins, and John Reischman trade off solos over the melody line of the verse, with Schatz interjecting that funky bass theme in the spaces between hand-offs," Blake says.
The crisp clarity of the recording make it seem like Blake's take could've been the original. The team power behind the track is as driving as the mighty train Cash first wrote about. You can learn more about Blake and his new record Songs of Heart and Home here.