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“Understand Your Man”: Jimmy Dempsey Picks on Johnny Cash

Guitarist “LittleJimmy Dempsey uses twin guitars to transform Johnny Cash’sUnderstand Your Man” into a tuneful instrumental that bears little resemblance to the original – in a good way:

“Understand Your Man”      Little Jimmy Dempsey     1970?

This track can be found on 1970’s Little Jimmy Dempsey Picks on Johnny Cash, the first of four albums for Shelby Singleton’s Plantation Records.

Little Jimmy Dempsey LP

Billboard deemed the album a “4-star” country pick in its September 19, 1970 edition, while Record World saw fit to include this review in their November 7, 1970 issue:

Guitarist Dempsey rounded up all the old Johnny Cash hits and did his own instrumental versions of:  “I Walk the Line,” “Get Rhythm,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “There You Go,” “I Got Stripes,” “Big River,” “Don’t Take Your [Guns] to Town.”

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