Springsteen, Dylan Pay Tribute To Johnny Cash
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam are among the rock and country giants that will be featured on an upcoming Johnny Cash tribute album. As previously reported, the set is beBruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam are among the rock and country giants that will be featured on an upcoming Johnny Cash tribute album. As previously reported, the set is being produced by Cash's former sideman and son-in-law Marty Stuart in honor of the music legend's upcoming 70th birthday. The as-yet-untitled project will be released May 28 through Sony Nashville, according to a publicist for the label.
Stuart, who is currently president of the Country Music Foundation, has arranged to have Dylan cover "Train of Love," while Springsteen will run through "Give My Love to Rose," both originally appearing on Cash's 1962 album "All Aboard the Blue Train." Interestingly enough, Stuart joined Cash's band in time for the latter's 1983 album, "Johnny 99," which featured two Springsteen covers -- the title track and "Highway Patrolman," both from the Boss' 1982 album "Nebraska" (Cash's version of Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" appears on the 2000 Sub Pop album, "Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.")
While the tracklist isn't concrete, Stuart's official Web site confirms a number of tracks have already been recorded, including Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of "Flesh & Blood," Dwight Yoakam's take on "Understand Your Man," Travis Tritt doing "I Walk the Line," Steve Earle's reading of "Hardin Wouldn't Run," Keb' Mo' on "Folsom Prison Blues," and Little Richard's interpretation of "Get Rhythm."
As previously reported, Sony/Legacy's two-CD "The Essential Johnny Cash" will precede the tribute on Feb. 12. The career-spanning retrospective will be followed March 19 with expanded reissues of five classic Cash records: 1959's "The Fabulous Johnny Cash," 1959's "Hymns by Johnny Cash," 1960's "Ride This Train: A Stirring Travelogue of America in Song and Story," 1965's "Orange Blossom Special," and 1967's "Carryin' On With Johnny Cash and June Carter."