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When St. Louis-based soul singer Brian Owens performed in the Paste Studio in New York City back in March, our engaging conversation encompassed a range of influences not immediately noticeable. Owens discussed his longtime commitment to service (referencing his time in the U.S. Air Force), community (through his LIFE Arts charity, which stands for Leadership, Innovation, Faith and Excellence) and all facets of music (from partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to his two previous records with his band, The Deacons of Soul).
One unlikely influence for Owens is Johnny Cash. In fact, back in May, he and the band teamed up with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music called The Soul of Cash: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash, part of a series that pays tribute to the legends of soul and gospel. After the success of that performance, Owens announced a full-length record in that style—a collection of eight of the most heartfelt, brass-bolstered Cash covers ever committed to tape called Soul of Cash —due out Oct. 6 (conveniently, if unintentionally circa the 60th anniversary of Cash’s debut, Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar).
“Cry, Cry, Cry” the second song released in advance of Soul of Cash, illuminates parallels between country and gospel. In fact, the main differences in the origins of each genre stem from racial segregation and religiousness versus secularity. Owens, with his heroically strong voice and unbending optimism, infuses the 60-year-old song of emotional retribution with extra confidence.
Listen to “Cry, Cry, Cry” below and then watch Owens and the Deacons of Soul cover “Ring of Fire” in our studio from earlier in 2017.