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The Late Movies: Mixed Musical Genres

It’s a treat for your ears when a song you know is performed in a completely different style. Sometimes it seems like there’s a hard dividing line between musical genres, with folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel forever separated from pop, rock and rap. But occasionally a song crosses over, not just on the charts, but in the music itself. These examples include songs from one side played in the other side’s style, collaborations between artists, or mashups and remixes of already-recorded music. But I think you’ll get a kick out of them all.

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow

By Rench.

Folsom Prison Gangstaz

Eazy E mashed up with Johnny Cash, mix by DJ Topcat.

Long Hard Times To Come

By Gangstagrass and T.O.N.E-z. The song was used as the theme of the TV series Justified in its first season. The new song Give It Up is the theme for season two.

Sweet Home Country Grammer

Not a performance, but a mashup of “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Country Grammer” by Nelly.


The Jaybirds, a traditional Bluegrass band, plays with Chinese group Red Chamber.

Iron Man

By bluegrass band Edna’s Kin.

Get Rhythm

Another Johnny Cash song set to the backbeat of Cypress Hill.


Bluegrass band Nickel Creek performs the song made famous by Britney Spears.


Dolly Parton covered the Collective Soul hit and won a Grammy for it in 2002.

For more, see the previous Late Movies post on Hayseed Dixie.

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