Puss n Boots Ease Into Old Music on “Bull Rider”


Conceived as a stress-free side project for artists Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, Puss n Boots strip away all pretense to get down to the bare bones of songcraft.

On their new album No Fools, No Fun, the rootsy trio slide in fresh originals next to a few choice covers — like Rodney Crowell’s “Bull Rider,” originally recorded by Johnny Cash for the 1979 album Silver.

Anchored by Jones’ proto-country guitar melody and split vocals from Jones and Dobson, the thick imagery of the tune was the perfect jumping-off point for their album which takes its title from a lyric in “Bull Rider.”

No Fools, No Fun seemed connected to who we are — outlaws in the sense of being an artist within regular society,” Dobson told Mother Jones magazine. “Even when we make it as artists, it means that we had to completely commit to it … same as the bull rider.”

Jones told the publication, “I think we’re all in the same boat. We love old music, we listen to a lot of old music. I think a lot of the covers just came from, ‘Hey, check out this song — let’s play it!’ I’m from Texas, so I love country music. Catherine is from North Carolina, and Sasha is from Santa Cruz, but she loves country music, too.”

In their live video for the track, shot during a hometown show at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, you can tell that having fun is still the main objective of the group. Tellingly, the three ladies stand shoulder-to-shoulder, and everybody wears a smile.

Check out Puss n Boots and their easygoing cover of Rodney Crowell’s “Bull Rider.”