LISTEN: Jason Isbell Channels Johnny Cash for ‘The Ice Road’ Cover



Jason Isbell offers his version of Johnny Cash’s trucker anthem, “All I Do Is Drive”, for his contribution to the all-genre soundtrack of the new Netflix movie, The ice road.

Originally appearing on the release of Cash in 1974 Old tattered flag, “All I Do Is Drive” provides a glimpse into the life of a long-haul trucker, at a proper pace and fast, the wheels on the road. For his version of the song, Isbell brings out his rock side, but stays relatively true to Cash’s original musical styles and emphasis on storytelling.

All I do is drive, drive, drive / Trying to stay alive / And keep my mind focused / Keep an eye on the road, “Isbell sings in the choir.”I have nothing in common with any man / Who is home every day at five o’clock / I just drive, drive, drive / Drive, drive, drive, drive …

Isbell is one of a slew of stars who have contributed songs to the The ice road soundtrack, which is a compilation of artists from the Big Machine Label group and other artists from various musical backgrounds. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce and many more represent the mainstream country on the project, while Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie and John 5 reunite as a new supergroup, the LA Rats, to record another Cash hit: “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

The ice road stars Liam Neeson as an ice road driver who must lead a rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save a team of miners trapped in a diamond mine.

Isbell also recently announced that he would be loaning his musical talents to a Metallica tribute project called The Metallica Blacklist, which will feature more than 50 artists covering songs from the legendary metal band’s eponymous debut album in 1991, more commonly known as The black album. Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Jon Pardi and Darius Rucker are other artists from the country world who have contributed to the compilation.

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