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If you don’t already own a copy, I’d highly recommend The Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ The Executioner’s Last Song Volumes 1-3. It’s all murder ballads featuring artists like Steve Earle (turning in a great version of “Tom Dooley”), Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo and Dave Alvin.
It’s not all old hillbilly songs either (although that’s my personal preference); there are also covers of The Advert’s “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and 999’s classic punk anthem, “Homicide”.
Proceeds from the albums benefit the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty.