Rachel Goodrich does Johnny Cash

By | June 4th, 2011 | No Comments
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Johnny Cash performing at Folsom Prison, the setting of one of his most famous songs.

Only a few months in the Wild West and Rachel Goodrich has already shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Not really. But the Miami native, who packed her kazoo and ukulele and moved to Los Angeles last year, did recently release a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” to verbicidemagazine.com. Here’s the explanation she gave VM for jumping into the uniform of a murderously curious man and locking herself away in a six-by-eight-foot cell:

I am a Johnny Cash fan. I love Johnny Cash. That track I started when I was recording another track called “Shadows.” I don’t know why, but while I was recording that track, [“Folsom Prison Blues”] was on my brain. I was just thinking about that song while playing this other song, and it was just one of those moments when a track became something else. Kind of like Monstermix, you know? You never know what’s going to happen.

Goodrich’s version of the Cash classic — narrated by a man imprisoned in an actual cell and his own mind — slows down the iconic train rhythm to an “I think I can, I think I can” pace and features a vocal performance both more coldly despairing and embellished than in the original. It’s a solid rendition, but Goodrich is hardly standing alone in the lineup of outlaws who’ve sung this tune, as everyone from Bob Dylan to Everlast has peered through the Folsom Prison bars and hungered after “that fancy dining car”.

You can hear how Goodrich’s version stacks up below, and make sure to check out the video of Johnny Cash performing the song in Folsom Prison (after the jump).

“Folsom Prison Blues” — Rachel Goodrich

“When I was just a baby, my momma told me, ‘Son, always be a good boy . . . ”

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