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According to Amazon there is going to be a new release on May, 12 in the US. According to the UK version of Amazon it will be released on April, 27. It's a previously unreleased concert that Cash did in 1976 in Wheeling, West Virgina on the Jamboree USA show at the Capitol Music Hall. It was broadcast on WWVA in Wheeling. 

The announced tracklist looks like this (we added more info to it):

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We've just added a new forum, which replaces the bootleg forum. Yes, you can still find bootlegs on the forum, but we'll be adding new links for the downloads because a lot of external sites, where the downloads were stored, are taken down. So, are you in search of something? Don't hesitate to ask, there's always someone ready to help.

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House of Cash op vrijdag en bluegrass, Beerze bier en een barbecue op zaterdag

 

Het jaarlijkse eerbetoon aan Johnny Cash dat al sinds 2008 in Eindhoven georganiseerd wordt door de Johnny Cash tribute band Def Americans, is uitgegroeid tot een tweedaags evenement met op beide dagen een verschillend en gevarieerd programma.

 

Op vrijdag 12 september vindt een speciale Memorial uitvoering plaats van de succesvolle theatershow House of Cash. Bezoekers kunnen vanaf 19.30 u hun zitplaatsen innemen, om 20.00 u wordt de show van Def Americans voorafgegaan door een optreden van Brock & the Brockettes. Zaterdag 12 september kent een festivalkarakter met in en rondom de Steentjeskerk veel live bluegrass en country-muziek, bier van regionale brouwer Beerze en eten van Wild at Heart BBQ. Vanaf 16.00 u spelen achtereenvolgens the Feliciano’s, Hillbilly Hayride en Brock & the Brockettes op het terras buiten. Het avondprogramma begint binnen om 18.30 u met Twenty Sicks, gevolgd door The Rob Ryan Roadshow en tot slot Def Americans. Tussen de bedrijven door draaien DJ Hans d’Olivat en DJ Big H Jamboree passende plaatjes, op beide dagen. Het DJ-duo the Spineshakers verzorgt het slot van de zaterdagavond met materiaal om stevig op te swingen.

 

Het is voor het eerst dat een concert van een dergelijke omvang plaats vindt in de Steentjeskerk, de plek waar voorheen Museum Kempenland was gevestigd. De locatie bevindt zich aan de St. Antoniusstraat in Eindhoven, nabij het PSV-stadion. Tickets voor de vrijdag zijn er in de prijsklassen € 17,50, € 20,- en € 22,50, een kaartje voor de zaterdag kost € 25,-. Deze zijn verkrijgbaar via de website van Def Americans en bij alle Primera winkels.

Al zeven jaar op rij wordt op of omstreeks 12 september, de sterfdag van Johnny Cash, door de Eindhovense band Def Americans de grootste countryzanger aller tijden geëerd met een Memorial Show. Na vijf uitverkochte edities in Dynamo en de grote zaal van de Effenaar, met een capaciteit van respectievelijk 600 en 1200 bezoekers, vond de Johnny Cash Memorial show in 2013 plaats in het immense Klokgebouw. Toen vonden ruim 1800 liefhebbers hun weg naar dit markante Eindhovense gebouw. Met de Steentjeskerk hebben de Def Americans dit jaar voor de meest bijzondere locatie tot nu toe gekozen.

 

www.defamericans.nl
www.facebook.com/defamericansjohnnycashtribute

www.primera.nl

 

Tijdschema vrijdag 12 september
19:30 deuren
20:00 Brock & the Brockettes
20:45 Def Americans met House of Cash Memorial

 

Tijdschema zaterdag 13 september Johnny Cash Memorial Day

 

Buiten:
15:30 deuren
16:00 The Feliciano’s
16:45 Hillbilly Hayride
17:30 Brock & the Brockettes

 

(voor, na en tussen de shows: DJ Big H Jamboree)

 

Binnen:
18:00 deuren
18:30 Twenty Sicks
19:30 The Rob Ryan Roadshow
20:45 Def Americans met Johnny Cash Memorial Show
23:00 The Spineshakers
(voor, na en tussen de shows: DJ Hans d’Olivat)


Brock & The Brockettes
Bluegrass, hillbilly en old-time music. Alles rond één microfoon om het authentieke geluid te garanderen dat ook op hun eerste cd 'Gather around the mic' te horen is. Een mix van eigen werk, en dat van muzikale grootheden als The Carter Family, Stanley Brothers en Bill Monroe. Bij de oplettende fans van Def Americans gaat er bij de naam Herman Brock wellicht een belletje rinkelen: toen gitarist Willem op vakantie was, viel Herman Brock in voor hem tijdens het Zwarte Cross optreden van 2013. www.brockettes.com

The Feliciano's
Voordat bassist Berry Kok bij Def Americans de plek innam van oudgediende Gijs van de Burgt speelde hij bij de Feliciano's. Eindhovens eigen leveranciers van feelgood folk, country & bluegrass.
www.felicianos.nl

Hillbilly Hayride
Hillbilly Hayride was afgelopen jaar de officiële opener van de Johnny Cash Memorial in het Klokgebouw. Er was veel waardering voor de manier waarop zij oude en nieuwe country- en bluegrassklassiekers ten gehore brachten. Reden genoeg om ze dit jaar weer in het programma op te nemen.
www.hillbillyhayride.nl

 

Twenty Sicks
Deze heren hebben in korte tijd een aardige live reputatie opgebouwd. Niet zo gek, want zij blinken uit in het brengen van coversongs met aanstekelijke elementen uit de rock 'n’ roll, blues, rockablilly en americana. Twenty Sicks-zanger Danny schreef het nummer ‘Grasping Song’, waarmee Waylon eerder dit jaar een hit scoorde.
www.twentysicks.nl

 

The Rob Ryan Roadshow
Rob Ryan toert reeds enkele jaren zeer intensief door het Europese continent met als uitvalsbasis Berlijn. Verwacht een vermakelijke high energy honky tonk explosie waarin flarden country, Sun-rockabilly en invloeden uit roadhouse rock zijn te bespeuren. Een hoogtepunt voor Rob Ryan in 2014 was zijn show op het Montreux Jazz festival in Zwitserland, precies tien jaar nadat Johnny Cash daar een van zijn eerste shows sinds het uitkomen van zijn befaamde American Recordings speelde.
www.therobryanroadshow.com

Def Americans
Meer dan 50 jaar na de eerste hits van Johnny Cash weten deze Eindhovenaren de swing, sfeer en rebellie van een optreden van deze legendarische Amerikaanse outlaw verbluffend goed te raken. De songs die Johnny Cash zelf met zoveel liefde en bevlogenheid wist te brengen worden opnieuw leven ingeblazen door de Def Americans. De band schakelt moeiteloos tussen de rebellie van de Folsom Prison en San Quentin albums, Sun recordings rockabilly krakers en het vuur en de broosheid uit de comeback albums uit de American Recordings reeks.

Inmiddels kunnen de heren en dame van Def Americans terugblikken op een lange reeks succesvolle shows in het club- en festivalcircuit door heel het land en behoort ook een meer dan geslaagde theatertour inmiddels tot het cv.
www.defamericans.nl

Cash Memorial

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The successful Johnny Cash band 'Def Americans' from the Netherlands is going to celebrate the the life, love and music of the Man in Black with their annual tribute at a very special location: de Steentjeskerk!

 

On Friday 12 September there will be a Memorial special of their theater show "House of Cash". This show will be seated. The next day, Saturday 13 September they will go all out with live music, dj's and quality meals and drinks.

 

If you're in Holland, be sure to check this out! Def Americans is a truely amazing quality Cash band and you will enjoy this show immensley.

 

Tickets are available online at Paylogic or at your local Primera store.

 

See you in September!

 

Program:

 

Friday 12 September: House of Cash Memorial
Doors open: 7.30 PM
Showtime: 8.00 PM
Tickets start at €17,50

 

Saturday 13 September: Johnny Cash Memorial Day
Doors open: 3:30 PM
Showtime outdoors: 4:00 PM
Showtime headline: 7:00 PM
Tickets €25,00

 

 

 

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Jonathan Silverman (writer of 'Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture') and Michael Hinds and are starting a new project about Johnny Cash's international appeal. They would love it if you international fans can answer it!

1. When did you become a fan?

2. Why do you love Johnny Cash?

3. In what ways do you think of Johnny Cash as an American?

4. Are there other musicians you feel similarly about?

5. What are some words you would use to describe Johnny Cash?

6. Are you aware of other fans of Cash, do you perceive of yourself as part of a group? Or is your relationship with Johnny Cash more personal?

7. Have you ever seen Him perform live? Or on TV? Or is your relationship with his music through records, tapes and CDs alone?

8. Do you like all of his music equally? Or are there particular albums or phases of Cash’s career that you love?

9. Are there parts of his music or career that you do not like?

10. How do you view the way in which Cash has been represented after his death?

11. Have you ever performed a Johnny Cash song as an artist? Did you record such performance?

12. Is there anything that you would like to add?

13. Will you allow your answers into our study?

 

You can send your answers to ninechoices@gmail.com.

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Johnny Cash worked with Rick Rubin and American Records for the last decade of his life--work began in 1993 and ended with Cash’s passing in September of 2003.  During the final decade of Cash’s career he released work that wasn’t only good--it was some of the most powerful stuff ever recorded by the Man in Black.

 

Too often Cash’s work before Rick Rubin is minimized in comparison.  Hopefully the 2014 release of Out Among the Stars dispels that notion.  It wasn’t just the quality of the work that made his final records so special.  It was the quality of the Man in Black himself.

 

He was a grandfather for all of the young fans who flocked to buy his records.  He was the rebel, the outlaw, and yet he was respected because of his sagacity, his spirituality, his maturity.  Somehow, Cash balanced both images--he was still the rockabilly from the 1950s, still the protesting folk-singer from the 1960s, still the country icon of the 1970s, and still the drifter from the 1980s.  

 

“Delia’s Gone” proved that he wasn’t afraid of venturing into the dark regions of the mind.  “Why Me Lord?” let everyone know that his spirituality and humility never left him.  “Rusty Cage” proved that he could still rock.  “I Won’t Back Down” proved, well, that in spite of disease and age, Cash was still not a quitter.  “The Man Comes Around” proved that the songwriter was still alive and well.  “Hurt” proved to be the best music video of all time (and if you don’t believe me, just refer to Rolling Stone magazine).  With “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” the world got another Cash classic posthumously.  And with the release of “Redemption Day” and “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” we got a final glimpse into the Johnny Cash who wasn’t afraid to speak out against war and greed.

 

Whatever comes next, it is hard to imagine that it will disappoint.  Robert Hilburn, in his biography on Cash titled “The Life,” revealed at least one song that Cash recorded during the same session as “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.”  What song?  Kris Kristofferson’s “Jesus Was a Capricorn.”  The songs are perfect foils for each other--and both embody aspects of Cash’s complex faith.  Aside from that, rumors have been spreading for years about potential songs.  Here is a meticulously compiled list of what could possibly appear on an Unearthed Volume 2 or other releases of American material.

 

It is worth noting that Cash was planning on recording an album of black gospel before passing--but he never managed to finish that concept album.  Several of the songs listed below were likely recorded for that project, including “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again”, and “Don’t Take Everybody for Your Friend” by one of Cash’s all-time favorite singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.  Other songs were written by Cash, and others were written by some of his closest friends, including Willie Nelson, Merle Travis and Johnny Horton.  

 

* Denotes that a version has been unofficially released in some format.  

 

Unreleased material from the Hundred Highways and Ain’t No Grave sessions:

 

“San Antonio”

“Here Comes a Boy”

“That’s Enough” (Dorothy Coates)

“Nine-Pound Hammer” (Merle Travis)

“North to Alaska” (Johnny Horton)

“His Eye is on the Sparrow” (Civilla D. Martin)

“If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again” (John Whitfield Vaughan)

“The Eye of an Eagle” (Joe Carter)

“Don’t Take Everybody for Your Friend” (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)

“Belshazzar” (Johnny Cash)

“Loading Coal” (Merle Travis)

“A Half a Mile a Day” (Johnny Cash)

“Flesh and Blood" (Johnny Cash)

“I Am a Pilgrim” (Traditional)

“Beautiful Dreamer” (Stephen Foster)

“Family Bible” (Willie Nelson)

“Jesus Was a Capricorn” (Kris Kristofferson)

“The Whiffenpoof Song”

“The Oak and the Willow”

“John the Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson)

 

Unreleased material from the Solitary Man and/or The Man Comes Around sessions:

 

“One More Ride” (Bob Nolan) *

“Hard Times” (Stephen Foster) [Possibly a duet with Merle Haggard]

 

Unreleased material from the Unchained sessions:

 

“Addicted to Love” (Robert Palmer)

“You’re Gonna Change Or I’m Gonna Leave” (Hank Williams)

“Goodnight, Baby” (Tom Petty)

“We’re Alright Now” (Tom Petty)

“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” (Bob Dylan)

“That's Right” (Johnny Cash) [Possibly a duet with Carl Perkins]

“Sing a Traveling Song” (Kenny Jones) [Used in an episode of the TV series Renegade]

“Don’t Sell Daddy Anymore Whiskey” (Molly O’Day) *

“The Devil” (Hoyt Axton) *

“Change the Locks” (Lucinda Williams) *

“That Lucky Old Sun” (Beasley Smith) *

“Two-Timing Woman” (Hank Snow) *

 

Unreleased material from the American Recordings session:

 

“Allegheny” (Chris Gantry)

“New Cut Road” (Guy Clark)

“Gettysburg Address / Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” (Abraham Lincoln, Ed McCurdy)

“Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”

“The Mystery of Number Five”

“I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” (Billy Joe Shaver)

“I’m Ragged but I’m Right” (George Jones)

“Jesus Was a Carpenter” (Christopher Wren)

“Boll Weevil” (Traditional)

“Wings in the Morning” (Johnny Cash)

“In My Time of Dying”

“Old Lonesome”

“Heart of Gold” (Neil Young)

“Farther Along” (J.R. Baxter Jr.)

“The Door” (Rodney Crowell)

“The Road to Kaintuck” (June Carter, Helen Carter)

“Long Road”

“Talk to Me”

“Ballad of Barbara” (Johnny Cash)

“Dead or Alive”

“Live Forever” (Billy Joe Shaver, Eddy Shaver)

“The Big Battle” (Johnny Cash)

“Open Pit Mine”

“Children Go Where I Send Thee” (Traditional) *

“Loving Her Was Easier” (Kris Kristofferson) *

“‘T’ for Texas” (Jimmie Rodgers) *

“East Virginia Blues” (June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter)

“To Beat the Devil” (Kris Kristofferson) *

“I Witnessed a Crime” (Billy Gibbons) *

“What On Earth (Will You Give for Heaven’s Sake)” (Johnny Cash) *

“I’m A Drifter” (Dolly Parton) *

“The Next Time I’m In Town” (Mark Knopfler) *

“One More Ride” (Bob Nolan) *

“All of God’s Children Ain’t Free” (Johnny Cash) *

“Friends in California” (Waylon Jennings) *

“The Wonder of You” (Kris Kristofferson) *

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When one thinks of Johnny Cash’s producers, more than a few prominent names come to mind.  First, there was Sam Phillips who founded Sun Records and was smart enough to let Cash sing.  Also at Sun Records was the witty “Cowboy” Jack Clement, who wrote songs like “Guess Things Happen That Way” and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” that Cash turned into pop hits. At Columbia Records there was Bob Johnston, who helped Cash make his prison albums and also other regulars like Don Law who helped Cash at the start, and Larry Butler and Charlie Bragg worked as producers on many Cash albums during the 1970s.

 

The only album collaboration between Johnny Cash and “countrypolitan” producer Billy Sherrill was on Cash’s 1981 album The Baron.  The title song was released as a single and made the top ten on the US Country charts, and the album made 24 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart.  The single had the help of a music video as well as a TV movie to boost its popularity. The most impressive, or at least original sounding, songs from the album are “The Hard Way” which packs a powerful punch and “Hey, Hey Train” which has a great rhythm and stands alongside other great train songs that Cash had recorded.

 

Aside from the three tracks mentioned above, “Thanks To You” stands out as an entertaining and lighthearted song of revenge via songwriting.  “Mobile Bay” has some beautiful violin and guitar licks in it and Cash’s vocals are strong and moving as he sings a typical Johnny Cash theme: sympathy for hobos and bums down on their luck. “The Reverend Mr. Black” is reminiscent of “Daddy Sang Bass,” where Johnny Cash merges new lyrics with a Carter Family classic; Daddy Sang Bass relied heavily on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” while “The Reverend Mr. Black” relies on “Lonesome Valley.”  The comedy selection, “Chattanooga City Limit Sign” seems like a nod toward “One Piece at a Time,” but with a very subtle humor that might even me more funny that Cash’s hit song--if you know any truck drivers personally.

 

 “Ceiling, Four Walls and a Floor” is almost autobiographical for Cash, but ultimately the corny lyrics don’t quite convey sympathy for the misguided narrator nor do they drive home the song’s moral.  Lastly there is a song written by Billy Sherrill himself, “The Greatest Love Affair,” a patriotic song that sounds powerful musically and vocally, but again the lyrics fall short and seem overdone--it certainly doesn’t come close to touching upon the power of “Ragged Old Flag.”

 

johnny-cash-nashville-1978What we have with The Baron is really a typical Johnny Cash album from the time period: something with some hidden gems but some predictable comedy, gospel and patriotic flavor.  Sherrill also produced a number of duets with Johnny Cash, twice with Ray Charles and once with David Allan Coe.  Cash and Ray dueted first on Kris Kristofferon’s “Why Me Lord” and both giants deliver a very bluesy and heartfelt recitation that deserves to be put among both artists’ best duets.  The second Ray and Cash song, “Crazy Old Soldier,” was recorded in 1984, around the same time as Out Among the Stars, and was released on Ray Charles’ album Friendship.  Sadly, “Why Me Lord” is the more vibrant song and it was not released until 2010. If nothing else, anyone following Johnny Cash’s career closely knows that the best songs are not always released right away.

 

The most infamous song that Cash and Sherrill worked together on was “Chicken In Black,” a song Cash truly had hoped would be a hit but a song he did not expect to go far and was retrospectively ashamed to have recorded.  It is largely believed that the release of “Chicken in Black” as a single was the final push that Columbia Recorded needed to drop Cash from their label.  Rather write about the song, I encourage any readers to watch the music video.  The B-side to “Chicken in Black” was “The Battle of Nashville,” a song written by Cash that describes his frustration and pain with Music City, a place he had helped build that now had no care for him or his music. The final song that Cash worked with Sherrill on was the David Allan Coe duet, “Ten Commandments of Love,” in 1986.  “Commandments” is a slow love ballad, and Cash mainly sings backup vocals.  It also appears to be the last track that Johnny Cash would record for Columbia Records.

 

What can we expect from Out Among the Stars?  Most of the material was recorded in 1984 around the same time, and even during the same sessions, as “Chicken in Black” and “The Battle of Nashville.”  Cash had a lot to prove while making this album and even if he felt his relationship with Columbia was jaded, he was certainly not a quitter.  First, let’s look at “She Used to Love Me A Lot.”  The first teaser released upon the albums announcement, the song was recorded by Cash on June 14, 1984.  Comparing Cash’s version with David Allan Coe’s version reveals that each song is very similar--and more than likely Coe, who was working with Sherrill, simply copied Cash’s version when he released the song in December of 1984.  With no disrespect to Coe, it is very difficult not to imagine that Cash would have had as much success with the song or more if Columbia had not withheld the album.

 

Beyond “She Used to Love Me A Lot,” the songs seem to go in many directions.  Cash would later record both “I’m Movin’ On” and “I Came to Believe” with Rick Rubin, and he and June did perform “Baby Ride Easy” during a 1984 Christmas Special. All of the other songs have never been released in any form by Cash.  In addition to writing “I Came to Believe,” Cash also wrote the never-before-heard song “Call Your Mother.”  Other songs are written by artists familiar to Cash like Gene Autry and Hank Snow.  Two songs, “Tennessee” and “Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time” are actually outtakes from The Baron and were recorded in 1981.  This will lead us to our last subject of interest.

 

What will be the bonus track?  Here is the list of songs still unreleased and unaccounted for from Cash’s tenure with Sherrill.  If some version of the song as been released, it will be listed here.  My hope is it will be the Cash original “You Gave Me Music,” but only time will tell!

 

March, 1981

- Blessing in Disguise

- Billy Brown (a demo of his song has been released with the House of Cash book)

- New Cut Road (a different version of this was released on the album “Johnny 99”)

- Why Am I Thinking of You

 

May 1984

- I Know You Love Me

- You Gave Me Music (written by Cash)

- My Elusive Dreams

- I Still Miss Someone (written by Cash; this version has been rumored to be a duet with Willie Nelson.)

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An effort to restore Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess has struck a chord with a state historical group. On Friday, Jan. 10, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas awarded the Arkansas Heritage Sites Program of Arkansas State University its 2013 "Excellence in Preservation through Restoration."

The award was presented during HPAA's annual banquet at the Clinton Presidential Center.The singer's sister Joanne Cash, accompanied by her husband Dr. Harry Yates, accepted the award on behalf of the program and its director, Dr. Ruth Hawkins. Joanne and her brother, Tommy Cash, were both born in the house and are serving as consultants on the project.

The restored home will open to the public later this year.

 Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

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In 1998 the Man In Black website joined the Web. At that time there were only three sites dedicated to the legacy of Johnny Cash. Ten years later the website decided to take a break, until January 1st, 2014.

 

The website is back in action! The site has been updated with new content, images and design. There already was a lot of information available, so with all the new additions you can easily fill a few days updating your Cash knowledge.

 

As a non commercial site, Maninblack.net strives to bring Cash fans the very latest information and experience about the career of Johnny Cash. Like Johnny Cash Infocenter, the website is sponsored by fans and friends of Johnny Cash and has been created to for the fans! Absolutely a must see.

 

Maninblack.net

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas everyone. Here's a little present for you. An unreleased take of 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day'. The song was recorded on September 30, 1981 during a demo session for the Christmas in Scotland TV special. Enjoy and stay on the lookout for more hidden treasures!

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Newly Discovered Studio Album Premieres 12 Previously Unreleased Tracks.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of Out Among The Stars (Columbia/Legacy), a remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

The tracks on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the "countrypolitan" sound who was heading A&R at CBS Records Nashville at the time.

On these songs—which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings—Johnny worked with an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).

The recordings, which have never been released in any form, are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions. They remained in the vaults during the years Columbia Records released Johnny Cash's last albums for the label and were subsequently forgotten.

 Out Among The Stars

The recordings on Out Among The Stars first surfaced in 2012, when John Carter Cash, along with the Cash experts at Legacy, was cataloging his father's and mother's exhaustive archives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and at the Sony Music Archives. "When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material," he says. "We found these recordings that were produced by Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s…they were beautiful."

John Carter Cash, along with co-producer and archivist Steve Berkowitz, enlisted Marty Stuart, Buddy Miller and Carlene Carter, as well as other master musicians, to collaborate in restoring the album at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN.

The result, Out Among The Stars, is a great lost Johnny Cash album connecting the revolutionary rockabilly of his Sun Records years to the epochal final albums he made for American Recordings.

Across five decades of making music, Johnny Cash was not only one of the most prolific artists to ever cut records, he was also an American music archetype, the Man in Black who crossed over into pop culture and never sold out.

Thirty years in the making, Out Among The Stars is a classic Johnny Cash album, about to be heard for the very first time.

 

Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
tracklisting

1. Out Among The Stars
2. Baby Ride Easy - duet with June Carter Cash
3. She Used To Love Me A Lot
4. After All
5. I'm Movin' On - duet with Waylon Jennings
6. If I Told You Who It Was
7. Call Your Mother (written by Johnny Cash)
8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
9. Tennessee
10. Rock and Roll Shoes
11. Don't You Think It's Come Our Time - duet with June Carter Cash
12. I Came To Believe (written by Johnny Cash)

Source: Johnny Cash Online


For more detailed info see our 'Discography' section or click right HERE.

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Door Gijs van de Burgt

Een decennium geleden is het alweer, dat de grootste countrymuzikant die de wereld ooit gekend heeft zijn June achterna ging. Vrijdag 13 september organiseren de Eindhovenaren van Def Americans daarom een speciale editie van hun jaarlijkse Johnny Cash Memorial Show. Ditmaal is de plaats van handeling het immense en historische Klokgebouw in hun thuisstad. Uiteraard zullen ze deze avond zelf een uitgebreid muzikaal retrospectief op de carrière van Cash op de voor hen zo typerende wijze presenteren, maar daarnaast hebben ze ook een aantal bevriende bands gevraagd hen bij te staan in hun oprechte eerbetoon aan the Man in Black. Eén daarvan is Union Avenue.

Het CV van deze Schotten is indrukwekkend. De band heeft sinds 1996 de hele wereld over getourd en deelde eerder het podium met grootheden als Chuck Berry, Seasick Steve, Lee Rocker en Steve Earle. Nooit stonden ze op één affiche met hun grote inspirator, maar ze hebben wel de goedkeuring van the Man in Black voor de manier waarop zij zijn erfgoed bewaken. Andrew ‘Duke’ Cardno (zang/akoestische gitaar) en Paul ‘Luther’ Paterson (elektrische gitaar) vertellen erover met vol enthousiasme, kijken terug op het hoe en waarom van het ontstaan van Union Avenue en blikken alvast vooruit op de show in het Klokgebouw.

Zien is geloven, die uitdrukking kreeg voor Andrew na het bezoeken van een concert van Johnny Cash welhaast een religieuze lading. Andrew: “Ik had hem al verschillende keren live gezien, maar nadat ik in 1991 een show in Aberdeen had bijgewoond, met Cash op akoestische gitaar en verder een contrabas en een elektrische gitaar met een geweldige sound, ging ik compleet gehersenspoeld naar huis met de overtuiging dat zoveel mogelijk mensen deze sound zouden moeten horen. Uiteindelijk heb ik daar in de zomer van 1995 werk van gemaakt en ben ik met het project begonnen.”

Naast Paul vond hij zijn medestanders in Matt Curtis (contrabas) en Iain ‘Stretch’ McFadyen (drums). Een sterk combo waarvan de kracht hem volgens Paul zit in iets abstracts. Paul: “De drijvende kracht achter Union Avenue is de wil om de spirit van Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three levend te houden, de sound van de eerste opnames op het Sun Records label. Als we nummers selecteren om na te spelen, moeten ze voelen als nummers die Johnny Cash ook had kunnen coveren. Het is meer dan een gimmick voor ons. Als muzikanten proberen we allemaal te spelen in de geest van Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three.”

Dat ze daarin slagen is wel gebleken uit het feit dat Andrew nog ooit een brief van Johnny Cash heeft ontvangen met daarin de nodige complimenten. Toen contrabassist Matt jaren geleden in de straten van Edinburgh stond te spelen, gaf Cash, die de plek passeerde met zijn gevolg, zijn fiat door een aantal munten in de emmer te gooien. En drie keer heeft Andrew zelfs de kans gehad the Man in Black persoonlijk te ontmoeten. Andrew: “Een van die keren was na een show met the Highwaymen, waar ik ook Willie Nelson en Kris Kristofferson de hand heb mogen schudden en een kwartiertje met het drietal heb kunnen kletsen. Johnny Cash verwees daarna toen we succesvoller werden altijd naar mij als The Big Scotsman.”

Andrew en Paul kijken reikhalzend uit naar hun show in het Klokgebouw met Def Americans. Ze beschouwen de Eindhovenaren als zielsverwanten. Andrew: “We hebben ze een aantal jaren terug ontmoet ergens in België. Ze weten de juiste snaar te raken in de manier waarop zij het werk van Johnny Cash vertolken. Ik kijk er naar uit om ze live aan het werk te zien.” Paul: “Toen onze boeker werd benaderd voor de show in het Klokgebouw ben ik op YouTube wat shows van ze gaan bekijken. Ik vind ze geweldig, ik heb de indruk dat ze net als wij echt in de geest van Cash spelen. Weet je, er zijn veel makkelijkere manieren om je brood te verdienen dan het spelen in een band, maar het ontmoeten van gelijkgestemde muzikanten en het spelen voor enthousiaste mensen maakt het soms zware tourleven meer dan goed.”

Andrew blikt alvast vooruit op hun eigen optreden tijdens de Johnny Cash Memorial Show, dat plaats zal vinden na afloop van de show van Def Americans. Andrew: “We zullen onze bekendste nummers spelen en een aantal Cash songs zoals ze in Folsom Prison in 1967 gespeeld werden. Als het Klokgebouw twee bombardementen in de Tweede Wereldoorlog heeft overleefd, zullen wij het ook wel niet plat krijgen, maar de spanten zullen op z’n minst gaan kraken en wankelen!” Paul doet er nog een schepje bovenop: “Union Avenue die rock songs spelen in de geest van Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three, voor een publiek dat ervoor open staat, is waarschijnlijk de meest explosieve en niet te stoppen kracht denkbaar. Dat primitieve, elementaire ritme dat door Johnny Cash and the Tennessee is uitgevonden blaast zonder twijfel het dak eraf!”

Check de website van Def Americans. Ook bij de Memorial Show zijn? Bestel hier.

 

Interview

Why did you start this band, what was the idea behind it?
After seeing Johnny Cash back in 91 at Aberdeen, I had seen him in concert several times but on that night his show was him on flat top,double bass & electric guitar the sound was awesome. I went home with a brain storm to take that sound to people who had never heard it. I started to work on the project in the summer of '95. The main drive behind Union Avenue is to continue the spirit of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three. The sound and spirit of those early Sun recordings. When selecting songs to cover, they must feel like songs that Cash would have covered.  It's more than a gimmick to us. We all try to get into the mind and soul of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three.

You started the band in 1996. At that time the Man in Black himself was still alive. Have you ever had the chance to meet him?
I met him three times. Once formally, the other times after a show. One of these was the Highwaymen. I also met Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson and I spoke with them for ten minutes.Andrew (singer) received a letter from Cash saying "although I'm older and greyer now, you make a pretty good me". Matt (double bass) has also met Johnny Cash and has even been paid by him! While playing in the streets of Edinburgh when he was younger. He looked up to see that Cash was in the audience watching. Cash asked one of his entourage for some money to throw into the collection bucket.

Can you mention some remarkable shows you did in the past?
The U.A's track record speaks for itself, we've shared a stage with artists such as Chuck Berry, Chuck Meads, Status Quo, The water boys, Lee Rocker, Seasick Steve, Lee Scratch Perry, Steve Earl, The Damned and Hank Wangford. We did a show some years ago in Northern Ireland. The promoter hired a 350 seat theatre and didn't do his P.R wortha dime.  40 people came along and the show must go on as they say. We gave them their $ worth and they went home happy. After we said goodnight we walked behind the stage back to the dressing room and the sound from the heels of our boots filled the empty theatre. Maybe not remarkable, but sure as hell bizarre.We have done many memorable shows. From major rockabilly shows across Europe and America and Russia to supports to Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) where the bands sang happy birthday to Paul (guitar). A lot can happen on the road so almost all gigs are memorable and remarkable in their own way. Even the bad ones - we once played at a dance festival following a techno band, which was crazy, and awful. Everyone was insane on drugs of all kinds. Absolute chaos. The most remarkable gig though, is always the one you are about to play next because you don't know what will happen.

How did you get in touch with Def Americans? Do you like the way they perform the songs of Johnny Cash?
We met Def Americans in Belgium a few years ago. Yeah their angle in performing Cash's songs is hip. Man am looking forward to catch’n them live, should be a blast, looks like it's going to be a great night.Our agent was approached about doing a cool gig in Eindhoven.  We looked up the band on YouTube to see what they were about. They're great. Like us they seem to get into the true spirit of Johnny Cash. We'll probably all end up with a big jam session. We're all really looking forward to playing the show.  You know,  there are a lot easier ways to earn a living than playing in a band. Meeting cool like minded bands and getting to play before enthusiastic , cool, like minded crowds makes up for a lot of hard times on the road.

Have you played in The Netherlands before, and if so, how were your experiences in our country? If not, what do you expect?
Oddly no we have never gigged The Netherlands before. Over the years we've had inquires but for one thing or another it never came off. I have been to Holland three times. I was lucky to catch Pink Floyd in Rotterdam back in 94. I've been in Amsterdam on to other occasions, Mrs Paul Luther Perkins Paterson lived there, Charlotte ran a tattoo parlour. It's a great little country man. We've all played a few times before. Cool places like the Cruise Inn and the like, but not for a long while. We are really looking forward to being back.  We do have some close ties to the Netherlands though.  Paul's (guitar) wife Charlotte had a tattoo studio in Amsterdam, then Maastricht for about five years.

You’ll be playing in de Klokgebouw (Clock Building) in Eindhoven. It’s an old production hall from Philips, built in 1928. It survived two bombings in WW II. How do you think you’re gonna manage to blow off the roof with your show? What can the audience expect?
The Band in Black will just do what we always do. Get on the stage and let and let it roll. I have no doubt the crowd  will sink right in to the Johnny Cash sound, The U.A will perform our best known songs and Cash songs as performed in Folsom Prison back in 68.  If the nuilding came through two bombs in world war II, we might not blow the roof but we will  make sure the roof beams creek & move. Everytime we go to Europe Matt Curtis, The U.A's dog house bass player, always goes on a 2nd world war sightseeing. I hope there's a Museum nearby we can visit if we have the time. 'A Bridge Too Far' is one of my top all time movies. Happy Trails, myself, Paul Matt & Stretch are look'n real forward to be at Eindhoven folks.   Andy Duke Cardno.

 

Union Avenue plays rock songs in the spirit of Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three. To a receptive audience is about the most unstopable explosive force known in the universe. That primitive,  elemental rhythm thatJohnny Cash and the tennessee three created, will blow the place sky high!!! What the band can expect is Matt (double bass) and Andrew (singer) who are both huge WW2 historians telling us every historic detail about the Klokgebouw and Eindhoven during the war.



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Johnny Cash Memorial

Op 12 september is het 10 jaar geleden dat Johnny Cash (1932-2003) overleed. Ter gelegenheid daarvan vindt op zondag 15 september in Papendrecht een bijzondere herdenking plaats, bestaande uit een kerkdienst en een concert. Tijdens de kerkdienst zullen leven en geloof van de legendarische zanger centraal staan. In plaats van Psalmen of gezangen klinkt de muziek van Johnny Cash. En meezingen mag!

 

De voorgangers in de dienst zijn Fred Omvlee en Piet van Die. Fred Omvlee is marinepredikant en bekend van Elvis-diensten. Piet van Die is predikant van De Morgenster in Papendrecht en organiseerde eerder een succesvolle Cash-dienst die veel publiciteit kreeg.Medewerking wordt verleend door Cashflow3, een coverband die songs van Cash op het repertoire heeft. Na afloop van de dienst wordt er door Cashflow3 nog een extra concert van een uur gegeven waarin ook niet-religieuze songs van Cash zullen klinken.

 

De memorial wordt georganiseerd door De Morgenster in samenwerking met Theater De Willem en de website http://www.johnny-cash-infocenter.com.

 

Cashflow3 is ontstaan na een eerdere Johnny Cash-kerkdienst. De musici die meewerkten aan deze dienst kregen zo de smaak te pakken dat ze besloten hun samenwerking vaste vormen te geven.

 

Iedereen is van harte welkom in de dienst. Je hoeft er zeker niet religieus voor te zijn. De deur staat vanaf 18.30 uur open.

 

Meer weten? Piet van Die (tel. 078 6150864): p.die@chello.nl, of kijk op www.pietvandie.nl of https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyCashGoesToChurch

 

Gratis entree!

 

 

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Johnny Cash passed away in 2003. Exactly ten years down the line, he couldn't be more alive. On September 13 we celebrate the life of one of the most memorable artists the world has known with The Johnny Cash Memorial Show.
The night is jam packed with live music and dj's and it all takes place at Klokgebouw Concert venue right here in Eindhoven. Tickets are € 20,- and the presale has started.

 

The event is a great opportunity for fans to get together and celebrate the life and music of country legend Johnny Cash. Every year around the date the Man in Black passed away, we're hosting this outrageous big Memorial show. This year Johnny will be gone for a whole decade, though it seems like almost yesterday. To a lot of people, Johnny is still very much alive and we've been doing really well playing his music, so we are really looking forward to play the Klokgebouw, celebrating the life and music of the Man in Black with fans and friends", says frontman Elco Weitering.

 

"There are just so many different people out there that appreciate the Man in Black: country lovers, rockabilly fans, rockers and everything in between. We have teamed up with some great people and are working hard to cater our best Johnny Cash Memorial show for Johnny Cash fans and music lovers from allover. Klokgebouw is a great venue with lots of possibilities. It's big but it has got attitude and personality. And it's been around forever."

 

Singer Kim Wolterink: "We like the audience to step into a Cash world. It should be a total experience for visitors.". In addition to hosting the Johnny Cash Memorial show of Def Americans, we also provide in thematically support acts and a sizzling afterparty.

 

We're happy to announce we've added two great acts and personal favorites that will be performing at our Johnny Cash Memorial Show right here in Eindhoven! All female all female bluegrass band Dolly I Beg Your Pardon and UK/Schotland based Union Avenue are added to the bill.

 

Dolly I Beg Your Pardon will accompany singer Kim Carter during the Def Americans show with a great set of Carter Family inspired classics. These gals know their chops and look the part as well so make sure you catch them!



Union Avenue hails all the way from Schotland, the ancestral home of Johnny Cash -  These boys will be taking the stage right after Def Americans have finished their set. If you're like us and you can't get enough of that Boom Chicka Boom sound, stick around, this is going to be great. These guys play cult and rock classics in the style of the Man in Black and have  thrilled audiences all over the world from Las Vegas to Moscow with their big bad Memphis sound.

 

Keep posted, there is more to come soon!

 

 
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