Along with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt, country legend Johnny Cash appears on his own upcoming tribute album, "Kindred Spirits." Due Sept. 24 from Lucky
Along with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt, country legend Johnny Cash appears on his own upcoming tribute album, "Kindred Spirits." Due Sept. 24 from Lucky Dog/Sony Music Nashville, the 14-track compilation includes a rendition of his song "Meet Me in Heaven" on which Cash guests, along with his wife June Carter Cash.
The track is led by June's cousin, Janette Carter, a member of the legendary Carter Family, and also features banjo great Earl Scruggs, veteran country vocalist Connie Smith, and guitarists Darrin Vincent and Marty Stuart. The new rendition of the spiritual -- which first appeared on Cash's 1996 American Recordings album "Unchained" -- was recorded in Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hiltons, Va. In another family move, the album also features daughter Rosanne Cash covering "I Still Miss Someone."
"Kindred Spirits" boasts some of Cash's greatest songs, according to Stuart, who produced the album and was previously a member of Cash's backing band. "My vision from the start has been to portray Johnny Cash the songwriter," Stuart said in a statement. "He's such a poignant and insightful writer and this has never been done. In the likeness of Johnny, each artist brought their own interpretation to the songs. Johnny's renegade spirit transcends throughout the project."
Among those interpretations is, as previously reported, Springsteen's stark rendition of "Give My Love to Rose," along with Little Richard's rollicking romp through "Get Rhythm," the B-side to Cash's third Sun Records single, "I Walk the Line." The A-side of that 1956 single is covered here by country star Tritt, while Stuart tackles another early cut, "Hey Porter," the B-side to Cash's very first Sun 45, "Cry Cry Cry."
Elsewhere on the collection, Dylan adds "Train of Love," contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo' covers the classic "Folsom Prison Blues," while veteran blues artist Charlie Robison contributes "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." In addition to cuts by Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, and others is a collaboration by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, and Emmylou Harris on the song "Flesh and Blood."
This much-anticipated collection will follow the Sept. 10 release of Dualtone's Cash tribute, "Dressed in Black." Co-produced by BR5-49's Chuck Mead and longtime Cash band member Dave Roe, the 18-track set includes songs by Hank Williams III, Rodney Crowell, the Mavericks' Raul Malo, Rosie Flores, Rev. Horton Heat, and Robbie Fulks, among others.
Both collections come within a year of Cash's 70th birthday, celebrated in February. On Sept. 3, Columbia/Legacy will release its next set of Cash reissues, as well as a new live album that stems from a 1969 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Earlier this year Cash told Billboard that his next studio album, "American Four," is due out sometime this summer. As was the case with his last three albums, he recorded the set with producer Rick Rubin, who will release it through his American Recordings imprint. "These records have meant everything to me," he says. "The last 10 years I've been working with Rick -- it's been like a new lease on life."
Here is the "Kindred Spirits" track listing:
"Understand Your Man," Dwight Yoakam
"I Still Miss Someone," Rosanne Cash
"Train of Love," Bob Dylan
"Get Rhythm," Little Richard
"Folsom Prison Blues," Keb' Mo'
"I Walk the Line," Travis Tritt
"Big River," Hank Williams, Jr.
"Give My Love to Rose," Bruce Springsteen
"Don't Take Your Guns to Town," Charlie Robison
"Flesh and Blood," Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, and Emmylou Harris
"Hardin Wouldn't Run," Steve Earle
"Hey Porter," Marty Stuart
"Meet Me In Heaven," Janette Carter with special guests Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Earl Scruggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, and Darrin Vincent
"For Luther (I Walk the Line Reprise)"