I saw this video (not for the first time, but for the first time in a while) today, and I immediately knew I wanted to find out more about it. The video was produced by Rick Rubin, who also appears in the beginning and end of the video (and resembles Hank Williams, Jr., in my opinion). I did a little reading, and apparently the idea originated with Justin Timberlake.
I always love when artists and stars from different genres and fields come together for a project because it proves to me that music serves as a powerful means of connection and communication, no matter who you are and what background you have. In this case, a group of celebrities have come together for the purpose of commemorating Johnny Cash with a posthumously released video for “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” I love the haunting sound of this song’s accompaniment, and of course Johnny’s legendary voice makes it all the more chilling. If you’ve never heard this song or seen the video, it’s most definitely worth taking the time to watch it.
I’m not terribly familiar with very many artists outside of country music, so I know this isn’t an all-inclusive list, but these are the stars that I recognized immediately as I watched the video (in order of appearance):
Chris Martin (of Coldplay)
Adam Levine (of Maroon 5)
The Dixie Chicks (Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Robison)
Bono (of U2)
Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top)
Keep talkin’ twangy!