Musical Origins

The iconic Gospel song “This Train is Bound for Glory” has been in the circuit since the early 1920’s. And it gained mainstream popularity in the 1930’s when the singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe sent it to the spotlight.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe is considered as “The Original Soul Sister,” as well as “The Godmother of Rock and Roll.” She gained her musical popularity with her gospel recordings. During her time, her songs are of a uniquely cool blend of spiritual lyrics, with her accompaniment being influenced by grit, blues, and rock and roll. She is considered such a big influence in multiple genres and Johnny Cash, among others, have cited her as a major influence in their music and artistry.

Johnny Cash’s Iconic Spin

Now, Johnny Cash is undoubtedly one of the best artists the world has seen in a long time. In fact, he is considered as one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. He is a multi-faceted artist. And although his most notable works are country, he also dabbles in rock and roll, and have strong gospel influences somewhere along his career. He is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1980), The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992), and The Gospel Hall of Fame (2010).

Cash is just so good at what he does. It was like he knew what kind of emotion he should inject in a song and how intense should it be for it to work. Not a lot of artists can do that. But Cash can do that so effortlessly. And that’s exactly what you get with his rendition of “This Train is Bound for Glory.”

No Cash cover is complete without a complete overhaul of the arrangement. There’s always something about Johnny Cash and his songs that makes you think of him whenever you hear it. Have you heard of it? Take a listen below!

What’s really special about this version of the song is not just its relatability and relevance to what is still happening to the world right now, but also right at the end of the song, Cash’s compelling charm calls our brothers and sisters to hear the teachings of the Lord and ride the train bound for glory.

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