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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"Funnel of Love," Wanda Jackson

Shortly after Cheating at Solitaire, Ness released his second solo album, Under the Influences, a covers compilation of some of his favorite early rock, country, rockabilly and bluegrass numbers. His top-tier inspirations are well represented, including the Carter Family's "Wildwood Flower" and a double dose of Hank Williams on "Six More Miles" and "House of Gold," but it's his faithful take on Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love" that is arguably the album's standout. "'Funnel of Love' is such a good rock song with a dark undertone," he says. "But that was a challenging song to sing! It was worth it, though, because that whole record was a nice chance to pay homage to people who have influenced me so much."    

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