Critically-acclaimed rock ’n’ roll group The Band of Heathens have teamed with legendary Americana artist Ray Wylie Hubbard for a special collab of The Temptations’ classic hit, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” The tune drops today and is available for download / streaming HERE.
“Ray had the idea to do this song,” explains Band of Heathens guitarist and vocalist Ed Jurdi. “I honestly wasn’t sure how to approach it or wrap my head around it, but then I realized, we just need to do like RWH and make it cool. Ray is like the Yoda of Texas music; ever knowing, always present and wise. I had faith that if we followed the spirit of his vision, we would somehow find the right path.”
After recording, Hubbard, who has a tenured relationship with the Heathens, was thrilled of the outcome.
“If I couldn’t do ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’ with The Temptations the next best would be to do it with The Band of Heathens, so I did,” adds Hubbard. “Was cool as riding a wall of death motorcycle.”
“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” is the first single to be released from the band’s upcoming album, Remote Transmissions, Vol 1. More details on the forthcoming compilation will be released in the coming months.
For more information, visit bandofheathens.com.