Unknown Johnny Cash Writings Set To Music On Double LP!
Guest Artists Include Willie Nelson, Chris Cornell, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello
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 Cash’s 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 Cash’s 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Words: The Unknown Poems," a volume of Cash’s unpublished writing edited by
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and
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unpublished writings.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.
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• All songs inspired by the words and lyrics of Johnny Cash
• Limited time digital download
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 Side B:
1. Jellico Coal Man - T Bone Burnett
2. The Walking Wounded - Rosanne Cash
3. Them Double Blues - John Mellencamp
4. Body On Body - Jewel Side C:
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 Side D:
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