Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series 15: Travellin’ Thru” (Columbia Records, 2019)

The first impression of ‘Bootleg Series 15: Travelin’ Thru‘ is how small it looks in comparison to recent releases in the Dylan archive series – we’ve been spoilt of course but this is no ‘Live ’66 Complete Recordings‘ or ‘More Blood, More Tracks‘. Three CDs and an illustrated background booklet make up the contents of the small box covering Dylan’s activities from 1967-1969. Disc One covers both ‘John Wesley Harding‘ and ‘Nashville Skyline‘ outtakes, Disc Two is material culled from a two hour session with Johnny Cash which continues onto Disc Three which also has Dylan’s appearance on the Johnny Cash show, two outtakes from ‘Self Portrait‘ and the material recorded for the ‘Earl Scruggs. His Family & Friends‘ film. And if that all sounds a trifle “bitty” then that’s because it is quite “bitty”. Continue reading “Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series 15: Travellin’ Thru” (Columbia Records, 2019)”

Watch YouTube’s new Johnny Cash documentary

YouTube Originals have begun to stream the new documentary  ‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’, which is a 90-minute film directed by Emmy- and Grammy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny and which includes commentary from Emmylou Harris and Bruce Springsteen along with members of the Cash family, including his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash. RS Country have a nice piece up on it here, or you can jump straight to the film below if you have an hour and a half to spare.

Johnny Cash official website relaunches with extensive content

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news that the official Johnny Cash website over at johnnycash.com has relaunched and now includes Cash’s tour history, both solo and with the Highwaymen, with nearly 4300 show dates listed – according to RS – “from his 1954 debut in West Memphis, Arkansas, to his last public performance in 2003 at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia — arranged chronologically and supplemented in many cases by setlists. Some feature photos and video from the respective concert date.”  Which sounds like a lost weekend coming up to us. Have a good one.

New Cash tribute album features Jayhawks, Mellencamp and others

Legacy Recordings have announced the release of ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ – a collaborative album consisting of songs created from Johnny Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an array of  artists on Friday 6th April. The 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 and The Jayhawks. Continue reading “New Cash tribute album features Jayhawks, Mellencamp and others”

Johnny Cash “Greatest Hits – The Sun Records Years” (Charly Records, 2017)

Ho hum. Another Cash (in) collection I hear you say. Well, yes, it is a compilation of songs that any self respecting fan will already have, probably several times over. However these 20 songs arrive encrypted in vinyl, shiny black vinyl, and when spun the sound is as vibrant as the yellow Sun Records label surrounding the spindle. Continue reading “Johnny Cash “Greatest Hits – The Sun Records Years” (Charly Records, 2017)”

Johnny Cash’s Unearthed will be released as a huge vinyl boxset

And some final news from Pitchfork before you break up for the weekend.  Have a good one dear readers. They report: “Johnny Cash’s 2003 box set Unearthed, a posthumous collection of previously unreleased recordings with Rick Rubin, will receive its first vinyl release this fall, as Rolling Stone points out. The lavish new set—which includes guest appearances from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, Joe Strummer, and more—will span nine LPs. Continue reading “Johnny Cash’s Unearthed will be released as a huge vinyl boxset”

John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists

And he won’t back down. Rolling Stone reports: “Earlier this week, NPR reported that American Recordings and Universal Music had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Stormfront Radio, the weekly radio show for the white supremacist site Stormfront, over its regular use of Johnny Cash’s cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” At the time, Rosanne Cash, the singer-songwriter and daughter of Johnny, told Rolling Stone, “There aren’t ‘two sides,’ there are no ‘decent’ or ‘fine’ Nazis and we will not tolerate any such group using our dad’s work for their purposes.” Continue reading “John Carter Cash takes the fight to white nationalists”

Cash family “sickened” by neo-nazi in Johnny Cash t-shirt

it’s not been one of the most cheerful weeks of news has it? The solidarity in this should warm your soul for a Friday morning anyway. RS Country reports: “Rosanne Cash and the Cash family said they were “sickened” by a video that showed a “self-proclaimed neo-Nazi” in Charlottesville wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt. Rosanne Cash posted the fervent note on her Facebook Wednesday on behalf of herself and her siblings Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter. Continue reading “Cash family “sickened” by neo-nazi in Johnny Cash t-shirt”

John Prine: “Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me”

Which isn’t the worst ex-US President you could be compared to.  “Drake was like Millard Fillmore to me.” Rolling Stone reports: “”Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me,” says beloved songwriter John Prine in a new video discussing his relationship with the late Man in Black. And Cash, it turns out, was one of the only people for whom Prine would alter one of his own lyrics. As Prine tells it, Cash was working with producer Cowboy Jack Clement and wanted to record “Sam Stone,” the harrowing story of a drug-addicted combat veteran that first appeared on Prine’s 1971 debut. Continue reading “John Prine: “Johnny Cash was like Abraham Lincoln to me””

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