Rising artist Chris Janson paid tribute to the Man in Black with some honky-tonk ready dance moves during his recent visit to the Grand Ole Opry.
After telling the audience “It’s about to get real in here” with a twinkle in his eye, Janson let his wild performance style run wild on the historic stage. After playing 18-hour sets on Broadway for years before breaking it big, the “Buy Me a Boat” singer has come up with his own way of keeping the audience captivated. His sometimes spastic dance moves are mixed with countrified jokes through the amped-up rendition.
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Janson’s choice to try and keep the audience constantly entertained may rub some old-school music lovers the wrong way. Although musically the rendition is solid enough, it’s haunting message seems to be shuffled into the background in exchange for a series of attention-grabbing solos. If you’re looking for a simple and lyric-oriented performance, you should probably stick with Cash’s legendary original. However, Janson’s high-spirited and somewhat quirky take on the classic is one that is definitely guaranteed to keep you guessing.
Click below to watch Chris Janson pay tribute to Johnny Cash with “Folsom Prison Blues” at the Grand Ole Opry.