I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God. – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash would have been 76 today. Nobody did more to usher country music from the turbulent late 50’s and 60’s, when rock and roll was eclipsing the music that had come before, then the Man in Black. He influenced the next generation of talent Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell,and was open and humble enough to be influenced by them. Many he featured on his television show, many times to the displeasure of the ABC honchos. He did it because he saw in them a piece of himself…storytellers of the human condition scribing the dark and the light.
Johnny Cash died less than four months after his wife, June Carter, on September 12, 2003. He is buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash- I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry