New version review: Chris Thomas King
The best thing about his mostly traditional take on "St. James Infirmary" is his revision of the singer's request to be decked out with a "20-dollar gold piece on watch chain" at his funeral (so they boys will know he died standin' pat). Thomas's character asks, instead, for "an iced-up crown medallion on my neck chain." Thomas has experimented with hip hop, and of course of "iced-up" is basically rap slang for diamond-encrusted -- a nice updating.
Beyond that: I enjoyed Thomas's vocal delivery here, but I'm really not a fan of his guitar playing. And being a little pressed for time, I'm going to leave it at that.
"St. James Infirmary," by Chris Thomas King.