'Wildwood Flower': June's Final Bloom
June Carter Cash's final recordings will be released Sept. 9 via Dualtone Records. Produced by John Carter Cash, her son by fellow country music legend Johnny Cash, "Wildwood Flower" was completed jusJune Carter Cash's final recordings will be released Sept. 9 via Dualtone Records. Produced by John Carter Cash, her son by fellow country music legend Johnny Cash, "Wildwood Flower" was completed just prior to her May death from complications from heart surgery. She was 73.
"This record was very important to her," John Carter Cash says in a statement. "She had a great heritage that she wanted to carry on, and she wanted to make an artistic, historical and musical statement. I think the inspiration was bound to rise in her again. So when she got offered this record deal, this album just naturally fell into place."
Eight of the 13 tracks on "Wildwood Flower" are standards of the legendary familial roots group the Carter Family, some written by June's uncle, A.P. Carter. Among those classics are the Carter Family theme song "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Lonesome Valley" and the title track.
The family theme so strong throughout June Carter Cash's life is constant through the album, which features guest appearances by her husband as well as daughter Carlene Carter, granddaughter Tiffany Anastasia Lowe, niece Lorrie Carter Bennett, cousins Janette and Joe Carter, daughter-in-law Laura Cash and former son-in-law Marty Stuart. Also adding acoustic guitar, cello and vocals on many of the tracks are folk favorites Norman and Nancy Blake.
Johnny Cash is heard on three songs on "Wildwood Flower," including on backing vocals on a new rendition of "Keep on the Sunny Side." He also narrates her rendition of "The Road to Kaintuck," a song she wrote for his 1965 album "Ballads of the True West. The couple's last recorded duet, "Temptation," is also featured.
Material for the album was recorded at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., the Carter family home in Mace's Springs, Va., and the Cash's Hendersonville bedroom.
Preceding several of the album's tracks are vintage radio recordings of June, her sisters Anita and Helen, and mother Maybelle Carter. The enhanced disc also includes video clips of the recording sessions, rehearsal footage and June discussing her childhood and her family.
Here is the "Wildwood Flower" track list:
"Keep on the Sunny Side"
"The Road to Kaintuck"
"Kneeling Drunkard's Plea"
"The Storms Are on the Ocean"
"Big Yellow Peaches"
"Sinking in the Lonesome Sea"
"Church in the Wildwood"
"Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone"
"Anchored in Love"