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Watch Puss N Boots Cover Johnny Cash’s ‘Bull Rider’ – Premiere

Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper update the classic track at a New York City gig

Rodney Crowell originally wrote “Bull Rider,” a track about the sort of reckless character named in the title, for Johnny Cash‘s 1979 album Silver. Last year, however, he resurrected it for Old Yellow Moon, a collection of duets between him and Emmylou Harris. Here, watch Puss N Boots – all three of them: Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper – give the song their own twist in a performance recorded at Brooklyn’s Bell House.

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“To us, ‘Bull Rider’ is about taking risks and living life the way you see fit in the meadows of your own mind. Do what you gotta do – even if it’s dangerous like riding a bull,” Dobson tells Rolling Stone, quickly clarifying: “Not to say it means being careless, but in relation to us girls – even if we ‘made it,’ it’s because we took the path of the artist and the outlaw. We are destined to a life that lends itself to constant change and flowing, more so with each rise and fall.”

A line from “Bull Rider” also inspired the title of the group’s debut, No Fools, No Fun. Out July 15th (and available for pre-order now), the record features covers of Neil Young’s “Down by the River” and Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” alongside a handful of originals written by all three members. Live, Puss N Boots will be playing a handful of shows across the Northeast, leading up to an appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in late July.

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