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  • Walk the Line soundtrack (Wind-Up, 2005)

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Any filmmaker who chooses to condense the colorful life and adventurous times of a larger-than-life historical figure into the cramped confines of a two-hour movie is begging for a thorough caning from film critics and historians alike if the project is botched. Surely that must have occurred to director James Mangold over the past half decade as he desperately attempted to wrestle the irresistible love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter into "Walk the Line."  ...
Sickness seemed to be robbing Johnny Cash of his music making abilities. Bouts in the hospital left him weak, appearing not to be in the best of health. Concert appearances became a few guest appearances for wife June Carter Cash's shows. But while the Man in Black has had his share of such problems, he was and is far from down and out. Far from it as evidenced by "American III: Solitary Man," his third album with producer Rick Rubin, released by American Recordings through Sony in October.  ...

Editorials and Country Musings

Walking the talk (Feb 2010)
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. Somehow it seemed ironic this week in seeing newcomer Josh Thompson, whose debut CD drops  ...
Johnny Cash was a great musical icon, not just a country music legend. But his later career was not going so well until rap/metal producer Rick Rubin took over the production chores about 10 years ago. The result was a series of superb albums culminating in last fall's five-CD boxed set of even more outstanding works from the Man in Black only a few months after his death. Despite the acclaim, great album reviews and awards received by Cash, that did not translate into airplay on country radio stations.  ...
The Cash legend (Oct 2003)
The words "legend" and "legendary" often seems overused and trite. Few people truly seem worthy of the attributions. But how else to describe the man who started his shows with the simple "Hello I'm Johnny Cash"? He most definitely was a musical legend not only in his own time, but also for all times to come. Of course, the story of Johnny Cash is a colorful one, starting out in the cotton fields of Arkansas, joining the military and eventually making a go of it thanks in part to Sam Phillips in Memphis with folks like Elvis nearby.  ...

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