A new destination for country music fans in Nashville’s downtown district has opened in the form of Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon. Cash’s son John Carter Cash and Carlene Carter, his stepdaughter by his wife June Carter Cash, were among those performing at the spot’s 31 July opening.
The Man In Black did more to cross-pollinate musical genres that just about anyone in the business. Maybe that’s why Rick Rubin teamed with him later?
Between its debut on June 7, 1969, and until its end on March 31,1971, there were 58 episodes taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Along for the ride with Cash was his wife, June, The Carter Family, The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, and The Tennessee Three.
July 4, 2006 ~ Johnny Cash releases what becomes his first #1 album in 37 years. Like the earlier installment to the “American” series, it’s produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.
50 years ago today, The Johnny Cash Show premiers on ABC. His first guests aren’t too bad and demonstrate how much Cash respected different genres and artists. (Orpheus and Joni were two of his favorites … )
On the 50th anniversary of ‘At San Quentin’, The Boot takes a look at the legacy of Johnny Cash’s prison concert series in relation to his career.
Johnny Cash is just 25 and releases his thirty-first album — “At San Quentin” — on June 4, 1969. Legendary rock photog Jim Marshall shot the cover and also the infamous “One Finger Salute.” JC explained it in the 2000 reissue liner notes as an angry reaction to a film crew from the UK there to record the concert for broadcast on television. They were blocking Cash’s view of the audience and when they ignored his ask to “clear the stage,” they got the middle finger which turned into one of Johnny’s — and Jim Marshall’s — most famous photos.
May 1, 1969 ~ Johnny Cash has a television show on ABC and his guest this week is Orpheus. He performs a couple songs solo and then he and The Man In Black team up for a duet that, to this day, remains one of the greatest of all time.
The 81st (that number is just stupid) album from Johnny Cash is released on April 26, 1994. It’s the beginning of a resurgence for The Man In Black. The album is produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and is recorded in Rubin’s living room, Johnny’s cabin, and in LA’s Viper Room. The result was an Americana masterpiece. It won a Grammy and is #366 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
March 14, 1998 ~ Weeks after Johnny Cash‘s Unchained wins the Grammy for Best Country Album, his producer Rick Rubin takes out this full-page ad in Billboard.
The photo of course is the classic from the lens of Jim Marshall taken at the legendary San Quentin prison concert Johnny put on in 1969. (Cash made the gesture after being asked to “do a shot for the warden.”)
The photo was not widely seen until Rubin used it in the ad to make the point that Cash got the Grammy win even without support from country radio, which had little use for the aging legend on their playlists. But while country stations remained enamored with the likes of Shania Twain and Garth Brooks, Cash found a wider audience with Unchained, which had cross-genre appeal.
The photo hangs on the walls of many. It’s on my office wall. Willie Nelson even hangs it in his tour bus as an emblem of real country music.