Cash al­bum launched from the grave

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODEVENTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: More than six years af­ter his death, Johnny Cash will re­turn to record stores next month with a new al­bum fea­tur­ing one of the last songs the coun­try leg­end ever wrote.

Amer­i­can VI: Ain’t No Grave, billed as the fi­nal in­stal­ment in a se­ries of record­ings overseen by pro­ducer Rick Ru­bin, will be re­leased on Fe­bru­ary 26, the 78th an­niver­sary of Cash’s birth, said a spokes­woman for Ru­bin.

The new al­bum is heavy on acous­tic cov­ers, in­clud­ing tunes writ­ten by Sh­eryl Crow and Kris Kristof­fer­son as well as a gospel num­ber pre­vi­ously cov­ered by Bob Dy­lan.

Cash him­self con­trib­uted, I Corinthi­ans: 15:55, a song he wrote dur­ing his last three years. He died in 2003 af­ter years of poor health, and just four months af­ter his wife, June Carter Cash.

In 2006, Cash topped the US pop al­bum chart with Amer­i­can V: A Hun­dred High­ways.

The Amer­i­can Record­ings se­ries kicked off in 1994 af­ter Ru­bin res­cued Cash from a creative and com­mer­cial lull.

Their crit­i­cally ac­claimed col­lab­o­ra­tions gar­nered six Gram­mys and de­liv­ered a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fans en­ticed by mourn­ful cov­ers of tunes by the likes of Beck, Nick Cave, Neil Di­a­mond and Depeche Mode.

His big­gest suc­cess was with Nine Inch Nails, Hurt, whose heart­break­ing video served as a farewell.

The tracks on Ain’t No Grave in­cludes Crow’s Re­demp­tion Day and Kristof­fer­son’s For The Good Times, as well as Joe Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes’ A Sat­is­fied Mind, the open­ing track on Dy­lan’s unloved 1980 al­bum Saved.

Cash also cov­ered Ed McCurdy’s anti-war Last Night I had the Strangest Dream. – Reuters

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