Cash: American VI

Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave"

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.

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4 Responses to Cash: American VI

  1. Tara says:

    Does Johnny have any Native American blood in him? His childhood photo looks very Native to me.

    • Jason says:

      I think he does. Seems like one of the biographies I read talked about a grandparent that was partial or full-blooded Cherokee.

      You have to listen to the title track to this album. It’s pretty haunting hearing Cash sing “Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down”.

  2. greg says:

    $3.99 at amazonmp3 today…

    • Jason says:

      Yeah, I grabbed it first thing this morning. I was hoping it would be the featured sale item today. Good stuff, although the title track is clearly the best.

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