Johnny Cash was punk rock before the term was every created. So itâ€™s only fitting that modern punk rockers would honor the man with a tribute album.
There are used CD bins brimming with countless Cash tributes, but Anchorless Recordsâ€™ effort is fantastic in both concept and execution. The CD is a solid mix of well know punks (Bouncing Souls, MXPX, The Sainte Catherines, Hot Water Musicâ€™s Chuck Ragan) and those soon to be well known (Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones, The Flatliners). The collection is not perfect; The Dresden Dolls and Franz Nicolayâ€™s take on â€œBallad of Teenage Queenâ€ is interesting at first, but forgettable. More often than not though, the musicians do a fantastic job of taking classic songs and making them their own (The Loved Oneâ€™s â€œCocaine Blues,â€ delivered with an almost rushed immediacy is simply brilliant, as is Chuck Ragan and Jon Gauntâ€™s take on â€œWreck of The Old 97â€). Itâ€™s a wonder someone hasnâ€™t already paired modern punks with Johnny Cash (for all I know they may haveâ€¦), but the experiment by the folks at Anchorless is a fitting tribute to the Man in Black.
Top Track: â€œCocaine Blues,â€ â€œWreck of the Old 97,â€ â€œHey Porterâ€ and â€œI Still Miss Someoneâ€
Rating: 8 out of 10.
Various Artists – All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash (CD) / 2008 Anchorless Records / 15 tracks (CD) /