Carin León has released his own version of Johnny Cash’s ‘Man in Black’. It’s available exclusively on Apple Music as part of Nashville SC’s official playlist.
A tribute song to celebrate the launch of the MLS Season Pass and the Nashville Soccer Club kit honoring Cash’s life and legacy, Leon gives a soulful take on the country-folk song originally released in 1971. Supported by warm guitar riffs, it later transforms into country fusion with elements from the Mexican region.
Oscar Armando Diaz de Leon Huez said at a press conference, “Johnny Cash was an icon of country and American folk music, and his music continues to influence music of all genres today. “It is very important to me to be a part of this very meaningful project, and I am doing it with the respect a person as important as Johnny Cash deserves.”
Released over 50 years ago, “Man in Black” was a nickname given to Cash for his attire, and for how the poor were treated by wealthy politicians. Here’s a protest song I wrote: “I wear black for the poor and the beaten down / Live on the desperate and hungry side of town / For prisoners long paid for their sins.” Wear it/But ’cause he’s a victim of the times,’ he said.
“This song is very personal, but it’s how I feel about a lot of things,” Cash expressed when performing the song for the first time.
In honor of his legacy, the “Man in Black” kit was inspired by the Backline Supporters Collective (fans of the club) and created in collaboration with Johnny Cash Estate, Sandbox Succession and Wasserman Music. The kit will debut his February 25th in the MLS Season Pass via the Apple TV app.
Listen to Carin León’s cover of “Man in Black” here.