Kris Kristofferson – “Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty Cover) Video

Kris Kristofferson wrote “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” for Johnny Cash and played Whistler in Blade. He is one of American music’s great living badasses, and he’s contributed a new cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” the the soundtrack of Texas Rising, a new History Channel miniseries about Texas’ struggle for independence. In the miniseries, Kristofferson also plays President Andrew Jackson, a man who — historically speaking, at least — could’ve stood to do a little more backing down. Kristofferson’s version of the song would’ve been hopelessly middle-of-the-road if literally anyone else had been singing it, but that man has a voice that tells some stories. Check out the video, which combines footage of Kristofferson in the studio with scenes from Texas Rising, below.

Texas Rising debuts 5/25 at 9PM eastern on the History Channel.