Florence + the Machine recently recorded an episode of ‘MTV Unplugged,’ which included an unexpected appearance from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. The unlikely pair teamed up to do a duet of the classic Johnny Cash song ‘Jackson.’ Florence Welch explained that all the pieces came together perfectly for their live cover.

In an interview with Rolling Stone after the taping, Welch expressed her excitement on working with Homme.

“It was one of those things where it was like a dream scenario, and you never think that they’d say yes,” the songstress said. “It was like me, Lemmy [Kilmister of Motorhead] and Them Crooked Vultures in this crazy festival in Sweden with a massive lake and this windy house that we all lived in, so it was like Josh Homme and Dave Grohl were like our roommates and Dizzee Rascal was our next door neighbor.”

Welch revealed the reason she chose a Johnny Cash song was because it paid tribute to the early history of her band.

“The first song we ever recorded was a Johnny Cash cover of ‘Folsom Prison’ in our little studio,” she recalls. “It’s the weirdest cover ever, this really weird soul version of ‘Folsom City Blues.’”


Welch’s collaboration with Homme also included a cover of the soul classic ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ from Otis Redding. You can listen to the ‘Jackson’ cover in its entirety here.

MTV will air the special this Sunday, April 8, at 11PM ET. Watch a 30-second preview below.

Watch a Preview of Florence + the Machine’s ‘MTV Unplugged’