Chuck Berry: 10 Country Music Covers

From Marty Robbins to Emmylou Harris, country artists have a long history of interpreting the rock pioneer's songs

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"Promised Land," Freddy Weller

As the Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." was to Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen," so Berry's "Promised Land" was to "Wabash Cannonball." Actually, the latter was an American folk classic, and a quintessential train song, popularized by the Carter Family and Roy Acuff, but with new lyrics (penned while he was in prison), Berry transformed it into the uplifting story of a poor boy's spiritual cross-country journey. Elvis Presley would do perhaps the definitive cover version of it, but in 1971, "Promised Land" was a country smash for Freddy Weller, reaching Number Three. James Taylor and Billy 'Crash" Craddock are among others who have put their stamp on the song.

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