I appreciated Johnny Cash well enough when I was growing up. I watched his 1969-1971 TV show, mostly because he had great guests such as Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young. I enjoyed his music on the radio, but didn't buy any of his albums until Class of '55, his 1986 collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins.
Then, someone gave me that first American Recording, produced by Rick Rubin, that came out in 1994. And I was hooked. I figured the second disc, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backup band, would be a big hit in 1996. It was well-received, but only got to #170 on the charts. By the time I bought the third album in 2000, which features Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat", I had started picking up some of Johnny's earlier work as well, Folsom Prison and San Quentin.
I was slackjawed when I saw the "Hurt" video from the fourth album, and cried when I saw it again after Johnny died in 2003.
Subsequently, I picked up the American Recordings box set. Fans of Johnny might want to pick up his daughter Rosanne's new album, "Black Cadillac". The video that comes with the disc, and which can also be found on her website really enhances the listening experience.
In my office, we refer to the man as "John R.", because the title of this piece is the name in which the songs he wrote were copyrighted.
Never did see the movie "Walk the Line", and I REALLY wanted to, but it's available Tuesday on DVD.
Rock meme: Artist/Band: Johnny Cash (b. 2/26/1932, d. 9/12/2003) Are you male or female: Boy Named Sue; Man in Black Describe yourself: I Walk the Line How do some people feel about you: Come In Stranger How do you feel about yourself: I Won't Back Down Describe what you want to be: Everybody Loves a Nut Describe how you live: Against the Wind Describe how you love: I Love You Because Share a few words of wisdom: One Place at a Time *** Today, some time after 5 pm EST, there will be 6.5 billion people on this planet, according to the Census population clock.