Unknown Johnny Cash Writings Set To Music On Double LP!
Guest Artists Include Willie Nelson, Chris Cornell, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello & More!
The album of Johnny Cash's unknown writings transformed into new songs by an astounding array of contemporary artists including Willie Nelson, Chris Cornell, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks and more.
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, releases Johnny Cash: Forever Words which is a collaborative album consisting of songs created from Johnny Cashs unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists.
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 Cashs handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life.
Over a period of 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Forever Words is also the musical companion to the best-selling "Forever Words: The Unknown Poems," a volume of Cashs unpublished writing edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz.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Forever Words were directly inspired by material in the book while others are drawn from different sources of Cashs unpublished writings.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 Soundgardens "Rusty Cage" for his Grammy Award winning album, Unchained, Chris Cornell continues this special relationship with "You Never Knew My Mind," setting some of Cashs own poignant and introspective words to original music on one of Cornell's last solo recordings.
The album also showcases Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cashs eldest daughter, who interpreted her fathers "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 Junes first daughter, on "Junes 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 Captains Daughter," the groups 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.
All songs inspired by the words and lyrics of Johnny Cash
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1. Forever / I Still Miss Someone - Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning - Ruston Kelly & 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
1. Jellico Coal Man - T Bone Burnett
2. The Walking Wounded - Rosanne Cash
3. Them Double Blues - John Mellencamp
4. Body On Body - Jewel
1. I'll Still Love You - Elvis Costello
2. June's Sundown - Carlene Carter
3. He Bore It All - Dailey & Vincent
4. Chinky Pin Hill - I'm With Her
1. Goin', Goin', Gone - Robert Glasper feat. Ro James and Anu Sun
2. What Would I Dream Do? - The Jayhawks
3. Spirit Rider - Jamey Johnson