Social Distortion's Mike Ness on His 10 Best Country-Punk Covers

From the punk godfather's take on Johnny Cash to an unexpected Kitty Wells song

"King of Fools," Edwin Bruce

The second country cover on Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell is the muscled-up loser's lament of "King of Fools," from Edwin Bruce. While the most notable feather in Bruce's songwriting cap is the Waylon & Willie duet "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," Ness was drawn to the less illuminated corners of Bruce's catalog. "I really like some of those obscure rockabilly and country songs that he did like 'Rock Boppin' Baby' and 'King of Fools.' As far as lyrical content – "I was born without one good thought, Just to live fast, to lie, and break your heart" ­– 'King of Fools' genuinely sounds like a song I would've written myself for Social D." 

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