New Cash, Jennings Tributes Planned

The careers of country music legends Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings will be feted with newly announced tribute albums due in the coming months. Dualtone will issue "Lonesome, On'ry, and Mean -- A Tri

The careers of country music legends Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings will be feted with newly announced tribute albums due in the coming months. Dualtone will issue "Lonesome, On'ry, and Mean -- A Tribute to Waylon Jennings" on April 15, while Toronto-based NorthernBlues Music is planning a July release for "Johnny's Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash."

While still being assembled, "Lonesome, On'ry, and Mean" will tentatively feature punk rock icon Henry Rollins covering the title track, Guy Clark taking on "Good Hearted Woman," Kris Kristofferson's version of "I Do Believe," and X frontman John Doe's recording of "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." Others slated to appear are the Blasters' Dave Alvin ("Amanda"), Cowboy Jack Clement ("Cowboy Sings the Blues"), Robert Earl Keen ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?"), and Alejandro Escovedo ("Lock, Stock and Teardrops").

Nancy Griffith, Norah Jones, Junior Brown, Carlene Carter, Radney Foster with Roger Creager, Allison Moorer, and the Crickets are also due to record songs for the set, the second expected homage to Jennings' work. In April, RCA will release "I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings," a 16-track tribute to the late artist featuring, among others, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, John Mellencamp, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., and Metallica's James Hetfield.

Meanwhile, "Johnny's Blues" will cull recordings of Cash songs recast by a litany of blues, roots, and gospel musicians. Canadian blues/rock artist Colin Linden, who will also appear on the set, is producing the album. Others committed to contribute songs are Chris Thomas King, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mavis Staples, Garland Jeffreys, Maria Muldaur, and Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

The label is in discussions with several other artists. Among the Cash songs that NorthernBlues says will be featured are "Big River," "Walking the Blues," "Frankie's Man Johnny," and "Folsom Prison Blues." Specific artist/song pairings have not been announced.

Last year, Cash was honored on a pair of discs paying homage to his more than five decades of recording. The honoree himself was among the artists on the high-profile Lucky Dog/Sony set "Kindred Spirits." That album also featured renditions of Cash favorites by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt.

Dualtone also offered its own Cash tribute, the 18-track "Dressed in Black." Co-produced by BR5-49's Chuck Mead and longtime Cash band member Dave Roe, the album boasted Cash covers recorded by Hank Williams III, Rodney Crowell, the Mavericks' Raul Malo, Rosie Flores, Rev. Horton Heat, and Robbie Fulks.