VA – Johnny Cash: Forever Words (2018)

Posted by Green on September 1, 2020as


When he passed away on 12 September 2003 at the age of 71, Johnny Cash left behind thousands of poems and lyrics for unrecorded songs. His son, John Carter Cash opened the treasure chest and chose a few, and he charged a handful of artists close to the Man in Black with setting them to music. Some tracks resonate much more powerfully than others. Take, for example, Forever/I Still Miss Someone, the ultimate Cash poem, recited Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson on guitar… Equally touching, To June This Morning, a letter from the master to the love of his life, June Carter Cash, here given a very sober treatment by another real on-and-off-stage couple: Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly. This Forever Words also offers some rather unexpected sequences. More than 20 years on from his unusual take on Rusty Cage by Soundgarden on the album Unchained, Chris Cornell sings You Never Knew My Mind, one of his final recordings before his suicide in May 2017. Emotion guaranteed.



01. Kris Kristofferson – Forever / I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (0:47)
02. Ruston Kelly – To June This Morning (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (2:05)
03. Brad Paisley – Gold All Over the Ground (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:31)
04. Chris Cornell – You Never Knew My Mind (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (4:57)
05. Alison Krauss and Union Station – The Captain’s Daughter (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (4:58)
06. T Bone Burnett – Jellico Coal Man (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:38)
07. Rosanne Cash – The Walking Wounded (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (5:05)
08. John Mellencamp – Them Double Blues (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (2:51)
09. Jewel – Body On Body (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (4:26)
10. Elvis Costello – I’ll Still Love You (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (2:48)
11. Carlene Carter – June’s Sundown (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:39)
12. Dailey & Vincent – He Bore It All (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:16)
13. I’m With Her – Chinky Pin Hill (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:25)
14. Robert Glasper – Goin’, Goin’, Gone (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (4:12)
15. The Jayhawks – What Would I Dreamer Do? (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (3:16)
16. Jamey Johnson – Spirit Rider (Johnny Cash: Forever Words) (4:19)

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