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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"You Win Again," Hank Williams

When Ness decided to finally release his first solo album in 1999, he already had more than 20 years of experience leading Social D through a career of interpreting multiple styles of music through a punk-rock filter. However, as Ness looks back on the late Nineties, he confesses: "While I was already integrating country into punk, at the time I felt like there were some limitations. Now, not so much, but at the time I decided to do my solo album, there definitely was. So I took the opportunity to show people I could do other things. It was very liberating for me." The result was Cheating at Solitaire, a collection of mostly roots-based Ness originals with a sprinkling of country and folk covers by artists like Bob Dylan and Williams. "Again with my love of Hank Williams" Ness chuckles. "It was really fun to record that one for my solo album and to try and do it the justice that it deserves."   

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