So it’s no secret that I’m a Johnny Cash fan. I mean, I named a son after him, so clearly he’s been a big influence. So it’s with great anticipation (and not a little sadness) that this week marks the release of his last album, “Ain’t No Grave”. Excited because it’s a Cash album; sad because we’ll never again have any new music from this iconic performer. The album will be released Friday on what would’ve been the Man in Black’s 78th birthday and it marks the final chapter in Cash’s storied American Recordings period. Rick Rubin, wherever you are, thank you.
If you’d like to stream the haunting title track, click here. First time I heard it, the song gave me chills. This marks my own little three minutes of utopian auditory bliss, as the brothers Avett (another favorite of mine) provide appropriate levels of banjo and footstomp on this track.