“That night in my house [was] the first time these songs were heard…” Johnny Cash went on. “Joni Mitchell sang ‘Both Sides Now,’ Graham Nash sang ‘Marrakesh Express,’ Shel Silverstein sang ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ Bob Dylan sang ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ and Kristofferson sang ‘Me & Bobby McGee.’ That was the first time any of those songs were heard.”
In 2013, stories of entertainers that “go country” are routine occurrences instead of reasons for surprise, intrigue, or outrage, because country music has officially become the default repository for talent fleeing the collapse of mainstream rock or the place to find strength in the twilight of a dying entertainment career. Here are some of the most notorious “gone country” moments over the years.
3 Doors Down, Aaron Lewis, Big & Rich, Bing Crosby, Bon Jovi, Brad Arnold, Debbie Gibson, Everlast, Jason Aldean, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, Johnny Cash, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, LeAnn Rimes, lionel richie, Michelle Branch, Olivia Newton John, Smash Mouth, Steve Harwell, Terry Bradshaw, Tiffany