Chris Cornell to appear on new Johnny Cash “poetry album”

But will it match up to “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”? Pitchfork report this morning: “Chris Cornell is one of a handful of artists who will appear on an upcoming album featuring Johnny Cash’s poetry, titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music. Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, invited Cornell to participate before his death. In 2016, Carter Cash published a book of his father’s poetry, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, but he told Rolling Stone the “precursor to this project” started when country artist Brad Paisley set one of those poems to music for his new album, Love and War. Besides Cornell and Paisley, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves, and more took part in the album. No release date has been set. 

In 1996, Cash covered one of Cornell’s songs for his album Unchained. He sang “Rusty Cage” off Soundgarden’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger. Before his death in May, Cornell also contributed a song to the forthcoming film The Promise. The music video for his song by the same name was recently released. Watch it here.

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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