As soon as I read the title “I Walk the Line For You” by White Owl Red I was thinking this had to be some kind of homage to Johnny Cash. Turns out my assumption was right when I read about the song. It is certainly country infused with elements of Americana and folk.
“I Walk the Line For You” melds organ, reverb laced slide guitar, exceptional percussive elements and bass. The initial blend of instrumentation on the verse actually brought to mind Bruce Springsteen more than Johnny Cash. The vocalist Josef McManu sounds a bit like the Boss on the verse and even contains lyrics I could imagine him singing. I have zero complaints in this department.
The song emits nostalgia on the verse but once the chorus pops there are more joyous and upbeat vibes. I also thought the guitar reflected the playing style of Johnny Cash. The lyrics are an obvious tip of the hat when he sings.
I think by the time I got to the second chorus I was already humming along. By my second run though I was tapping my feet. Suffice it to say this is a great song but it's not all that surprising. Back in 2017 the full length album by White Owl Red Naked and Falling was rewarded TOP ALBUM honors.
If “I Walk the Line For You” is any indication of what is going to be in store on his next full length his album could very well make that list again. In the meantime I’ll be enjoying “I Walk the Line For You” and in fact it inspired me to put on some Johnny Cash as well. Take a listen.
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