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Crow seeks redemption with help from Cash

Monday, July 7, 2014 – Sheryl Crow revealed a new arrangement of her song "Redemption Day" featuring a collaboration with Johnny Cash exclusively on Rolling Stone Country and A HREF=http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/sheryl-crow-profiles-u-s-heroes-music-icon-in-redemption-day-video-20140707>RollingStone.com today.

While the song was originally written, recorded and released by Crow on her self-titled album in 1996, “Redemption Day" was chosen by Cash to re-record in 2003. Cash called Crow to gain insight into the song’s inception. "He really wanted to understand what had motivated the song to be written so that he could sing it,” she told Rolling Stone. "That's really why I believed everything that Johnny sang; his words had real meaning and real connection to his spirit."

Cash's version of the song was not released immediately due to his death shortly after the recording, but came out on "American VI: Ain't No Grave," his posthumous album released in 2010.

Upon hearing his recording, Crow was inspired to combine their individual takes into a new arrangement for performing live with the new video. Set to a new arrangement of the track with Crow and Cash exchanging verses, the video is a compilation of Crow's concert footage and scenes of Cash from the '70s, all interspersed with historic scenes of American war involvement throughout the 20th century. "We just used footage of him looking like himself - all aspects of himself through his career. So, you see that, and you hear his voice, and it's very profound and impactful when you see it live," said Crow.

Crow is currently on the road with Rascal Flatts supporting her latest album, "Feels Like Home," which was released to the country sector.

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