Sheryl Crow performs 'Hurt' on Johnny Cash Tribute
I watched the Johnny Cash Tribute broadcast the other night on CMT. It was quite well done as these things go. There seemed to be a limited amount of commercial interruption which is a tribute in and of itself.
The portion of the show I found to be quite compelling was an interview with Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor discussing Cash's cover of 'Hurt" from 2002. Reznor commented on what a surprise and honor it was to have Cash record the song and later the video, both of which have gone on to receive much acclaim.
The interview was interspersed with snippets of the 'Hurt' video. This was followed by Sheryl Crow performing 'Hurt,' a song about drug addiction. 'When he gave his voice to something, he dedicated his voice and his intellect,' Crow said. " She launched into a hearfelt acoustic rendition of 'Hurt' that was quite powerful and a show highlight.
In some ways it is quite ironic that a song that wasn't a Cash original has garnered so much attention. On the other hand, the song has introduced Cash to a whole new generation if fans. And that's a good thing.