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

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"Alone and Forsaken" (2011), Hank Williams

Ness' first crack at "Alone and Forsaken" for the "Cold Feelings" B side is one of the more rare tracks in Social D's catalog, even by the performer's own admission. "I don't even remember the older, slower one that well. I'm going to have to hunt that one down again myself," Ness says. However, when it came time to record the band's seventh full-length album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in 2011, Ness took another shot at the Williams weeper by ratcheting up the tempo, cranking the amps and throwing in a blistering guitar solo. "I really enjoyed doing both versions and I like the overall idea of doing the same song two different ways," states Ness. "Sometimes songs are more powerful slow, sometimes they're more powerful fast, and sometimes they're equal. It's nice to mix it up and have multiples approaches to the same song."   

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