It would have been Johnny Cash’s 87th birthday this week were he still with us and to celebrate the Man in Black, Todd Snider has released a new song entitled ‘The Ghost of Johnny Cash’ which is taken from his forthcoming album ‘Cash Cabin Sessions Vol.3’ that sees a US release on March 15th via Thirty Tigers. The song was written by Snider, John Carter Cash and June Cash, and was recorded at Johnny Cash’s Cash Cabin Studio in Tennessee.
On the album, Snider’s folk influence marks a departure from the past six years of making rock records. At a point in time when you could argue that the world has got louder and louder, he did a 180 and went back to his roots as a folk singer, to a quieter form of expression; and, as his PR says, it might be what the world is waiting to hear: “just a man, his guitar, and the truth.”
The chorus mentions another country icon: “When Loretta Lynn goes dancing, With the ghost of Johnny Cash, Father time takes forever and makes it look, Like less than a lightning flash.”