Johnny Cash “I Won’t Back Down”

I learned of this version of “I Won’t Back Down” by Johnny Cash this weekend while watching the documentary on Tom Petty called “Runnin Down a Dream”.  This is a must see documentary for any Tom Petty fan.  It’s over 3 hours, but worth every moment.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers served as Cash’s band for his 1996 Unchained album, but this take on Petty’s Full Moon Fever track appeared not on that LP, but 2000’s American III: Solitary Man. Still, Petty appears here to harmonize with Cash, who after battling illness, imbues the song with added defiance.

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