Saturday, June 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "I Walk the Line"

Nothing like starting out a battle with a fib...'cause this summer, Cherdo will not be walking lines any time soon -- but that's fine, 'cause I'm getting an annoying foot issue fixed. 

Welcome to the Battle of the Bands! In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand occasion and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "I'm More Picky About the Lines I'm Willing to Walk" STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. The mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I will not walk, but roll over, to add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner.

"I Walk the Line" is the iconic Johnny Cash song and I'm sure it needs no intro or video link...yet, here is one if you want to refresh your memory. Many unknowns have covered this song on YouTube, so there's no lack of options. I found myself changing the contenders repeatedly. 

Let's see how you like these cats and kittens! These versions definitely represent artists "putting their own spin" on a classic. 


CONTENDER #1: HALSEY




CONTENDER #2: AVILA
(hey, that dude looks like my nephew...
it's not, but it looks just like him)



CONTENDER #3: ED KOWALCZYK



Voting begins!  

Can you get on board with new spins on old favorites? Do they make you want to get out the original or look for more new versions? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! Vote away and give it your best shot.

25 comments:

  1. This song is on my someday list, but I guess I can keep it since none of your versions are the same as what I've picked.

    These are all interesting versions with a darker sound. The only artist with whom I'm familiar is Halsey--I actually have the album that is pictured on the video though this song is not on it. Considering the three versions that you've offered I'm going with Halsey. I like her sound.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I changed my modus operandi this time: starting with an iconic song, I found versions that were different...but not necessarily favorites or even known to me.

      This should be interesting...

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  2. Interesting versions you have here.. I'm going to give my vote to Avila. She sounded a bit like Halsey, but there was just a touch more happiness in the song.

    Hope you heal fast!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. All the versions are new to me this time and I haven't made a decision of my own about them. But, it is interesting to see responses to a new approach.

      Thanks, Mary! I'm trying to heal up quickly.

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  3. I like Halsey the best.
    Hey You. . . it is summer no foot leg problems young lady do you hear me !
    Get better soon.
    parsnip x

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    1. Your wish is my command! I wish I'd read it a month sooner!

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  4. Halsey was the only one I've heard of. I liked her version but I liked Avila a little better. But then I listened to Ed. It started out not so good but he got through that part quickly and got down to music. He turned a country song into a rock song. He's my guy! Voting for Ed.

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  5. It was hard to choose between Avila and Ed. I didn't like Halsey at all. Ultimately Ed won out. I liked the punch he added.

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. It was a bit of a turnaround, too - I liked what he did there. Thanks!

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  6. DOC MacSIS ~

    I really hate [*well, "hate" is a strong word*]... I rather dislike being a Donnie Downer, but it makes boting a wee bit mo' difficult if a person don't care much for the song to begin with. The popularity of Johnny Cash... to me, that's one of the great mysteries of the ages and the very first question I'm going to ask God about after Saint Peter lets me slide and opens the Pearly Gates. (I'll definitely be sure to slip him twenty bucks when the angels ain't lookin'.)

    In a vote for the lesser of three weevils, I'll vote for the weevil behind Door #3.

    ~ Donnie
    (aka Stephen, aka D-FensDogG, aka... a bunch of words I'm not allowed to leave on your blog)
    'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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    1. Who knows what weevil lurks in the hearts of men (and goth women)?

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  7. Definitely Ed Kowalczyk, for me! He gave it more gravitas and drama. Halsey's and Avila's vocals set my teeth on edge. My favourite cover of this song is the one performed by Chris Daughtry when he was an American Idol contestant. He got turfed (a shocking result!), but went on to superstardom.
    Chris Daughtry, I Walk The Line

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    1. Turfed? I love that term. I may have to steal it; it's stamped with Canadian coolness.

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  8. Please don't take this as a shot or anything, but the only thing that gives my vote to #3 is contestants #1 and #2. It wasn't bad.. the other two... welll...

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who thought so! ☺

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    2. This is a bit experimental in that I wasn't using songs I definitely cared for...many times, I don't like options on battles but I think "hey, somebody thinks that is totally their jam!" I was in the mindset that I'd open my options, ha ha.

      I'm going back to my original "no song I don't like" competition mode.

      Chris: We're fine, buddy. <3

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  9. Avila gets my vote for a unique take to make it sound dream like but still holding on to the style of the song which the first one didn't do at all. I didn't care for the last one either as too much in the guitar.

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    1. It certainly was a mixed bag this time. Thanks, Birgit!

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  10. Halsey and Ed Kowalczyk did this in a minor key (all of them did, actually, but theirs were almost entirely in minor), which I didn't like. Avila's was the one I liked the best, so she gets my vote.

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  11. Ed all the way everyday!! He is lead singer of my favorite band LIVE and I've also seen him in concert when he went solo. I love his voice and his energy!

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  12. Cherdo,

    The ladies sounded too much alike vocally which I found nothing too inspiring about their covers to reel me in. Ed's intro scared me a bit but then he kicked it up a knotch shortly after and I thought, okay this is the winning cover. Give my vote to ED KOWALCZYK. Hop over to have your say so in my June 1st BoTB and get your free Kindle copy of my children's book before the promo ends today (6/5)! :)

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    1. Congrats on the book, Cathy! I'm not getting on the computer as much due to the mobility challenges of my house layout, ha ha.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo