Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Bill Carter's Cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Road to Nowhere"
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:15:40
Legacy Recordings will release West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, an album of music and songs inspired by the new Sony Pictures Classics film, West of Memphis, which chronicles the case and the plight of the West Memphis Three.
First, about the documentary:
Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime--Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.
All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation for crimes they did not commit. Each of the West Memphis Three spent more than 18 years in prison while outside the gates, mounting evidence and testimony pointing to their innocence led to an outpouring of support, particularly from the music community and artists featured on this album.
The West Memphis Three became a bit of a cause célèbre for the likes of Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, Natalie Maines, Marilyn Manson, Dave Navarro and Patti Smith.
"Music has always played a huge role in my life. In my early years, it allowed me to escape the crushing poverty I was born into. Music took me out of myself and into a thousand other worlds. Then, when I was put on trial, it was music they used against me. My love of heavy metal was considered 'proof' that I was evil and a satanic murderer. And then, ultimately, it was music that helped to free me when friends and supporters came together to put on the Voices for Justice concert in Little Rock," said Damien Echols, the most visible and "famous" of the Three.
Ozzy's original version of "Road to Nowhere" was one of Damien's favorite songs to pass the time on death row, and here, you can listen to the cover.
We love that Echols was able to use music to occupy his mind while he was on death row, and that he was able to still listen to the music of a heavy metal legend.
Now you can listen to the Bill Carter cover, exclusively at ARTISTdirect.com.
Did you like Bill Carter's take on Ozzy?