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John Carter Cash, Stanley, Stuart merge Appalachian, Uzbek music

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – John Carter Cash is involved in a new country roots/bluegrass/world project featuring Ralph Stanley, Marty Stuart and John Cowan along with a band from Uzbekistan.

"Pale Imperfect Diamond" drops May 19, also featuring help from The Peasall Sisters and Uzbek band, Jadoo: Cedar Hill Refugees.

The CD is a collection of roots music standards and original tracks recorded in two cultural poles: Hendersonville, Tenn. and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Co-producer Jack Clift met with Cash, son of Johnny, and the idea to marry the musical styles with an album formed. The two producers were committed to unifying American folk ballads and traditional Uzbek instrumentation from the album's inception.

Jadoo, an American-Uzbek band Jack Clift co-founded while living in Uzbekistan, recorded the album's base tracks in Uzbekistan. The bones of the album were then taken to Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville where they were blended and complemented with American roots music instrumentation and vocals.

Intrigued by the music of Uzbekistan, Clift began visiting the Central Asian country to learn more about the music though studio work with Jadoo, a group of musicians who improvise using traditional Uzbek music. Clift's first trip was in 2004, and almost immediately, he began to identify the similarities between Uzbek music and the music of his youth. He thought it was similar to Appalachian mountain music.

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