Johnny Cash: Forever Words
Toen Johnny Cash en June Carter Cash overleden lieten ze een schat aan onontdekt materiaal achter, waaronder Johnny Cash’s handgeschreven brieven en gedichten. Afgelopen twee jaar hebben producers John Carter Cash en Steve Berkowitz een indrukwekkende cast samengesteld van gastmuzikanten die nieuwe muziek hebben geschreven op deze gevonden teksten van Cash.
Johnny Cash: Forever Words bevat gastbijdragen van Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks en meer. Het album is voornamelijk opgenomen in The Cash Cabin in Hendersonville.
De plaat is de muzikale metgezel van de bestseller “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems”, een boek met nooit eerder verschenen teksten van de hand van Cash, samengesteld en herschreven door Pulitzer Prize winnaar en dichter Paul Muldoon.
Opmerkelijke gastbijdragen komen onder andere van Chris Cornell, die 21 jaar na het door Cash opgenomen Soundgarden nummer “Rusty Cage” onder handen nam, nu de dienst terug bewijst met het indringende en introspectieve “You Never Knew My Mind”. Het is een van de laatste solo opnames van Cornell, die vorig jaar plotseling overleed.
Grammy Award winnaar Alison Krauss is na zes jaar weer samen op een studio opname te horen met haar Union Station band op “The Captain’s Daughter”. Ook oudste dochter Rosanne Cash geeft een prachtige interpretatie van “The Walking Wounded”, en oudste dochter van June, Carlene Carter, is te horen op “June’s Sundown”.
Het doel van producers John Carter Cash en Steve Berkowitz was bij het maken van het album niet om een ‘verloren’ Cash album te maken, maar om een generatie muzikanten te verbinden met de gedichten van Cash en deze in een nieuwe muzikale context tot bloei te laten komen.
Johnny Cash: Forever Words verschijnt 6 april op CD, 2LP en alle digitale formaten.
“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart. 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.”
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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 // Photo credit: Don Hunstein
Legacy Recordings to Release Johnny Cash: Forever Words, an Album of Cash’s Unknown Poems & Other Writings Transformed into New Songs by Contemporary Artists
Album Features New Performances by Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks, and More
16 Song Album Available on CD, 2LP Vinyl and Digital Formats Friday, April 6
When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a “monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life.
Over the past two years, album producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz invited a stellar cast of musicians to create new music to accompany these newly discovered Cash writings.
Recorded primarily at The Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Johnny Cash: Forever Words is also 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.
Many of the songs on Johnny Cash: Forever Words were directly inspired by material in the book while others are drawn from different sources of Cash’s unpublished writings. The tone of the album is established with the opening track “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” featuring Kris Kristofferson reciting the last poem Cash ever wrote alongside guitar accompaniment from Willie Nelson, both lifelong friends of Johnny. Continuing the close-to-home theme, the music then transitions to the deeply personal “To June This Morning,” a letter Johnny wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash, now interpreted by real-life couple Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves.
Twenty-one years after Johnny Cash recorded his cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” for his Grammy Award winning album, Unchained, Chris Cornell continues this special relationship with “You Never Knew My Mind,” setting some of Cash’s own poignant and introspective words to original music on one of Cornell’s last solo recordings.
The album also showcases Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, who interpreted her father’s “The Walking Wounded,” marking just the second time that she has collaborated on a record with her half-brother John Carter Cash.
John Carter Cash also collaborated here with his half-sister Carlene, his mother June’s first daughter, on “June’s Sundown.” Carlene Carter was just twelve years old when her mother June Carter married Johnny Cash, but bonded immediately with her stepfather who she referred to as “Big John.”
The Grammy Award winning bluegrass super-group Alison Krauss & Union Station made a rare recording together on “The Captain’s Daughter,” the group’s first new studio recording in six years.
“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart,” said John Carter Cash. “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.”
When making the Johnny Cash: Forever Words album, producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz tapped into a spirit of musical collaboration between the musicians and the words of Johnny Cash. The goal of Johnny Cash: Forever Words was not to create a “lost” Johnny Cash album, but rather for musicians to connect with these poems and allow them to flourish in a new musical world.