Johnny Cash – Big River (Chords)
I’ve been waiting ages for an excuse to do a Johnny Cash song that isn’t Folsom Prison or Ring of Fire. So James Clem covering one of my favourite Cash songs is all the excuse I need.
There are a few tricky moves in the chords. But you can simplify it by using F7 in the place of Ab and use the open shape of C7.
A lot of left-hand muting in this one. Here’s a pattern you can use most of the way through:
d – d x x u d u
Which sounds like this (slow then fast):
For the Abs:
d u d u d –
Then this for the following chord:
d – x u d – x u d –
Big River Solo
The Johnny Cash version of the song has a nice, simple rockabilly solo in. Here’s my uked version of it.
Based on the intro riff: