MLK 2010: Redemption Songs From John Coltrane to Johnny Cash

At the core of American music is a legacy of songs that yearn for freedom and redemption. This week’s American Routes presents a rich array of this music in its celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here are two songs that convey the breath of that legacy, John Coltrane’s Alabama and Bob Marley’s Redemption Songs, sung here by the remarkable pairing of  Johnny  Cash and Joe Strummer.

See also MLK 2008: The Legacy of Strange Fruit; MLK 2009: Marion Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

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3 Responses to MLK 2010: Redemption Songs From John Coltrane to Johnny Cash

  1. Joost Burger says:

    This has been my favorite song for a while:

  2. Mark Willis says:

    Thanks, Joost! Good to hear from you. Johnny Cash had a deep reservoir of redemption.

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