Now considered a folk/country standard, it has been covered by myriad artists including Johnny Cash, The Band, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris
, Bruce Springsteen, The Chieftains, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, and Bruce Hornsby.
The song had a particular impact on Sara Watkins
of Nickel Creek. Her family would take her to see a group called Bluegrass Etc., and she loved their rendition of "Long Black Veil." When she was just four years old, the group had her come on stage and sing it with them.