Spain has returned with the release of a nice rendition to Johnny Cash’s classic “God Is Not Dead.” Listen here
Lead man Joshua Hadden comments “I have several of his religious albums and I went through all of them. I was looking for a song that preferably hadn’t been covered before, and that had something I could try to make my own. “God Is Not Dead” is the last song from the religious concept album The Holy Land, released in 1969. Most of the album is Johnny and June holding a tape recorder while walking through Israel, along the path Jesus supposedly took on his march to Calvary, where he was crucified. Johnny is profound and his biblical knowledge is deep, as is June’s. It’s such a unique record.
“God Is Not Dead” seemed almost included on The Holy Land as an afterthought. The song appeared to be unfinished to me, compared to the others on the record. It was the only studio number that was just Johnny singing with acoustic guitar and no other instruments. When I finished recording I really noticed how pertinent the lyrics still are. Crisis in faith, religious hypocrisy, the future of our planet, and reason for hope – it’s everything humanity is experiencing now. I present it here in prayerful awe, respect, and eternal gratitude.”