On the last recording of a life well lived, June Carter Cash revisited the music she knew best, the songs of the Carter Family.
On the last recording of a life well lived, June Carter Cash revisited the music she knew best, the songs of the Carter Family. This is an unequalled canon, including A.P. Carter classics like the optimistic "Keep On the Sunny Side," the panoramic "Storms Are on the Ocean" and the beautiful title cut. Carters Maybelle, June, Helen and Anita collaborated on the redemptive "Kneeling Drunkard's Plea." As evidenced by Carter's own strange "Alcatraz" and "Big Yellow Peaches" (which begins with a weird yet hilarious tale about Lee Marvin), the lady was big on laughs, and a spritely duet with her husband on "Temptation" is special beyond words. Indeed, beyond the obvious, this collection ranks high for its treasures, from Rosanne Cash's liners to son John Carter Cash's loving, gentle production hand and the participation of numerous friends and family members. "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone" is touchingly prescient, and the answer is yes.—RW