Big River" is a song written and originally recorded by Johnny Cash. Released as a single by Sun Records in 1958, it went as high as #4 on the Billboard country music charts and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. A verse omitted from the original recording was later performed during Johnny Cash's live performances. [1 ] [2 ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
Delbert McClinton performed the song on a couple of albums.
Ian Tyson (of Ian and Sylvia) included a spirited version of Big River on the duo's "Lovin' Sound" album released in 1967, with David Rae on lead guitar. The Grateful Dead played a cover version of this song in 396 live performances. It appears on many of their concert recordings, such as [3 ] ( Dick's Picks Volume 1 Grateful Dead Records). It was also included in a 2003 tribute to Johnny Cash, ( Johnny's Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash Northern Blues), in a version by Colin Linden. Trick Pony recorded a version of Big River with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings on their debut album. Australian band Cold Chisel included a live version of the song on their 2003 Ringside reunion tour and DVD. Hank Williams Jr. covered this song on his 1970 album; Singing My Songs - Johnny Cash, which contains exclusively songs by Johnny Cash. The Secret Sisters also recorded a version of the song in 2011, with Jack White playing backing guitar. [4 ] Bob Dylan and The Band also recorded a version of the song in 1967 during The Basement Tapes sessions. It was never officially released, but can be found on many bootlegs. Johnny Cash was featured in a cover performed by The Highwaymen, a country supergroup featuring Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. This cover is slightly more upbeat, skewing to "Outlaw Country."
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
Billboard Hot 100 14
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