10 years ago today, we lost Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash was a pillar of not only country music, but American music. His love for the storytelling and emotion of a song was surpassed only by his love for June, who also passed away 10 years ago this year. Johnny Cash was arguably the greatest country singer of all time, and is listed as an influence on countless artists. He could do it all. He worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Waylon Jennings to Rick Rubin to Bob Dylan. He recorded songs penned by anyone from Shel Silverstein to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. He sang songs about murder and drugs followed by a gospel song. He could tell a story and break your heart like no other. Johnny Cash IS country music. Keep It Country Kids thanks the Man in Black for being a giant of music, and a giant of a human being. Thank you for keeping it country, Johnny. We miss you and June every day, and your music still lives on.
The best way to celebrate Johnny is through his music, so here are some of my favorites.
"Ring of Fire" live at the Grand Ole Opry
"A Boy Named Sue"
"Walk The Line"
"Folsom Prison Blues"
"Jackson" with June Carter Cash
Marty Stuart recalls memories of Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's final interview. Interesting thoughts from the Man in Black
We miss you Johnny.