John Grant “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” – hey, welcome back John – Americana UK

John Grant “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” – hey, welcome back John – Americana UK
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Well, here’s a more than pleasant surprise.  We’ve long like John Grant but it has to be admitted that he’s kind of drifted away from Americana over the years.  The Czars – solidly in.  ‘Queen of Denmark‘ with Midlake – perfect Americana.   ‘Pale Green Ghosts‘?   Love it, but not so much “in genre” and things have continued the same way – high energy and electronica being the emerging theme.  But here we are with a fine version of ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’ which was recorded for the Netflix show ‘Inside Man‘.

The TV show’s director Paul McGuigan has said that it was actually composer David Arnold’s “brilliant” idea to use the song, as when looking at a cut of the episode with the Cash version used as a place holder for the soundtrack he said of the temporary music, “Well this is perfect, so why don’t we do a version of that?”  John Grant has said “I’m so incredibly honored to have the opportunity to sing this fantastic track and to work with David Arnold.”  Which is nice.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan’s music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That’s not much to ask, is it?

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