Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Johnny Cash ~ New CD ~ American VI ~ All Memphis Music ~ Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

J.R Cash was born near Memphis, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Ray (1897–1985) and Carrie Cash, and raised in Dyess, Arkansas.

He followed his musical career to Sun Records in Memphis, Tn.

Cash was given the name "J.R." because his parents could not agree on a name, only on initials. When he enlisted in the United States Air Force, the military would not accept initials as his name, so he adopted John R. Cash as his legal name. In 1955, when signing with Sun Records, he took Johnny Cash as his stage name. His friends and in-laws generally called him John, while his blood relatives usually continued to call him J.R

American VI: Ain’t No Grave arrives billed as the last fruit of Johnny Cash. It’s drawn largely from the same sessions that produced American V: A Hundred Highways and recorded at least partly after the death of Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash, as his sight dimmed and his own body failed him for the last time. It’s no surprise that Ain’t No Grave is focused on death and loss. But as usual, Cash uses his Christian faith as the ultimate rebuttal to life’s disappointments. “Ain’t No Grave gonna hold my body down,” Cash sings, as the musical setting of the traditional title track sounds ominous tones. Hope was his last act of defiance.
The 10 songs on American VI find Cash sounding frail but determined, and the material doesn’t let him down.

A cover of Queen Lili’uokalani’s famous Hawaiian farewell “Aloha Oe” is eerily fantastic! Cash is gone now. Aloha means goodbye. But it also means love, mercy, and compassion, all values he treasured. And in this context, it has another meaning found in the last words on the album, and delivered with all the conviction he could summon: “Until we meet again.”

Tom Petty's bandmates Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench are featured on this CD.

The Specialty Show will air this Friday night March 12th at 10:00 pm (CST Memphis Time) and will repeat on Saturday morning March 13th at 10:00 am (CST Memphis Time)

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