Johnny Cash: Forever Words – Available Friday April 6

Johnny Cash’s legend lives on in a unique collaboration project, Johnny Cash: The Music, Forever Words. 

The album co-produced by Johnny and June Carter Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, features music chosen from Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems, and documents discovered after the deaths of his parents.

The album showcases Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, who interpreted her Dad’s “The Walking Wounded,” marking just the second time that she has collaborated on a record with her half-brother John Carter Cash.

Filmed by David McClister at Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas (part of the Dyess Colony Heritage Site and Museum).

“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart,” John Carter Cash said in a statement. “I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words
1. Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
3. Gold All Over the Ground – Brad Paisley
4. You Never Knew My Mind – Chris Cornell
5. The Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Jellico Coal Man – T. Bone Burnett
7. The Walking Wounded – Rosanne Cash
8. Them Double Blues – John Mellencamp
9. Body on Body – Jewel
10. I’ll Still Love You – Elvis Costello
11. June’s Sundown – Carlene Carter
12. He Bore It All – Daily and Vincent
13. Chinky Pin Hill – I’m With Her
14. Goin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
15. What Would I Dreamer Do? – The Jayhawks
16. Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson

Johnny Cash: Forever Words is the musical companion to the best-selling “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a volume of Cash’s unpublished writing edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz.

 

Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars

Legacy Recordings and John Carter Cash have made an important discovery in the Sony Music Archive vault. Out Among The Starsa remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings.

The tracks on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the “countrypolitan” sound who was heading A&R at CBS Records Nashville at the time.

On these songs—which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings—Johnny worked with an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).

The recordings, which have never been released in any form, are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions. They remained in the vaults during the years Columbia Records released Johnny Cash’s last albums for the label and were subsequently forgotten.

Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars, Track Listing

1. Out Among The Stars
2. Baby Ride Easy – duet with June Carter Cash
3. She Used To Love Me A Lot
4. After All
5. I’m Movin’ On – Duet with Waylon Jennings
6. If I Told You Who It Was
7. Call Your Mother (Written by Johnny Cash)
8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
9. Tennessee
10. Rock and Roll Shoes
11. Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time – Duet with June Carter Cash
12. I Came To Believe (Written by Johnny Cash)

Countrypolitan

In the early 1960s, the Nashville sound began to be challenged by the rival Bakersfield sound.[2] Nashville’s pop song structure became more pronounced and it morphed into what was called countrypolitan. Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets and it sold well throughout the later 1960s into the early 1970s. Among the architects of this sound were producers Billy Sherrill (who was instrumental in shaping Tammy Wynette‘s early career) and Glenn Sutton. Artists who typified the countrypolitan sound initially included Wynette, Glen Campbell (who recorded in Hollywood and not Nashville), Lynn AndersonCharlie Rich, and Charley Pride.[3]

The Bakersfield sound, and later Outlaw Country, dominated country music among aficionados while countrypolitan reigned on the pop charts.[3]

LIFE Unseen and Unheard, Johnny Cash 10 Years On

LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash: An Illustrated Biography With Rare and Never-Before-Seen Photographs

A new book is available today from the Editors of Life that will feature rare and never-before-seen photos of Cash from the Sony archives (just how deep is this vault?) and interviews with Cash and his family, including June Carter Cash, and new reminiscences by his children Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash.

A companion recording that serves as a tie-in with the book, LIFE Unheard: Johnny Cash, will also be released featuring solo acoustic recordings cut at the House of Cash studio and live concerts taped at the Newport Folk Festival and the White House. It also includes a previously unreleased studio version of Ben Dewberry’s Final Run, and Movin’ Up, recorded for Cash’s 1981 made-for-TV movie, The Pride of Jesse Hallam.

I played this recording via Spotify and my iPhone today. Its a pleasant set of songs. I loved what I heard and I think you will too. Give a listen. 🙂

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LIFE Unseen and Unheard, Johnny Cash 10 Years On

LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash: An Illustrated Biography With Rare and Never-Before-Seen Photographs

A new book is available today from the Editors of Life that will feature rare and never-before-seen photos of Cash from the Sony archives (just how deep is this vault?) and interviews with Cash and his family, including June Carter Cash, and new reminiscences by his children Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash.

A companion recording that serves as a tie-in with the book, LIFE Unheard: Johnny Cash, will also be released featuring solo acoustic recordings cut at the House of Cash studio and live concerts taped at the Newport Folk Festival and the White House. It also includes a previously unreleased studio version of Ben Dewberry’s Final Run, and Movin’ Up, recorded for Cash’s 1981 made-for-TV movie, The Pride of Jesse Hallam.

I played this recording via Spotify and my iPhone today. Its a pleasant set of songs. I loved what I heard and I think you will too. Give a listen. 🙂

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