Both dressed head to toe in black in honor of Johnny Cash, they performed the song as a duet beautifully. The Georgia native took the lead, showcasing her strong country vocals with her signature southern twang while Kristofferson hung back on guitar jumping in to harmonize with Yearwood during the chorus.
“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” was written by Kristofferson and initially popularized by Ray Stevens in 1969 before becoming a No.1 hit for Johnny Cash the following year. Cash’s version of the song penned by Kristofferson received a CMA for “Song of the Year” in 1970 and a version was also featured on Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden album that same year.
In a 2013 interview Kristofferson revealed the song “opened up a whole a lot doors for me. So many people that I admired, admired it. Actually, it was the song that allowed me to quit working for a living.”
You can watch Yearwood and Kristofferson’s performance of the historical song HERE.