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They Walk The Line: Johnny Cash Celebrated By Crow, Nelson, Kristofferson, Plus Four New Compilations Due

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Much like the train Johnny Cash so often sang about, the celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday year rolls on.  Following the issue of Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth earlier this year, Legacy Recordings has just announced the CD/DVD and Blu-ray releases of We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.  Due on August 7, these preserve the concert held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Austin, Texas’ Moody Theater in which a wide-ranging roster of musicians paid homage to the music of The Man in Black.

Don Was served as the event’s musical director, and brought along a number of his famous friends to celebrate their friend Johnny.  Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne all were among the headliners, while Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson fit the bill as the evening’s requisite legends.  Younger talents like The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pat Monahan of Train, and Amy Lee of Evanescence all paid their respects via new interpretations of Cash standards.  Was’ band included many distinguished musicians in their own right: Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Greg Leisz and The Faces’ Ian McLagan.  Of the evening’s star-studded “I Walk the Line” finale, Rolling Stone wrote, “It was a scene so loaded with talent that an A-list artist like Crow was left singing backup vocals off-mike and clapping while her peers led the crowd in a sing-along.”

In addition to solo songs, many performers seized the opportunity for duets.  Shelby Lynne and Pat Monahan stepped in for June and Johnny on Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”  Jamey Johnson joined Kris Kristofferson for Kristofferson’s own “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and Lynne traded off with Willie Nelson on Tim Hardin’s folk standard “If I Were a Carpenter.”  Nelson and Kristofferson reunited on Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman,” enlisting Johnson and Shooter Jennings as new Highwaymen for the song.  The Carolina Chocolate Drops enlivened another favorite duet between June and Johnny, “Jackson.”

Hit the jump for details on the CD/DVD and Blu-Ray editions, plus news of four new Cash compilations and pre-order links for all titles!

The festivities are captured on two new releases.  A CD/DVD edition offers the same 19-track program in both formats (albeit in a different sequence).  The DVD’s bonus features include “I Still Miss Someone” in Willie Nelson’s rehearsal performance, “The Man Comes Around” performed by actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey, a section of artist interviews and archival footage of Cash, and the behind-the-scenes program, Walking the Line: the Making of a Celebration.  A separate Blu-ray release includes all of the features found on the DVD.  Should you wish to sample the show first, a broadcast television version premieres nationally on Friday, August 10 on PBS.

One week prior to the release of We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash, Legacy Recordings will also offer four titles in the label’s new Johnny Cash – The Greatest series.  This series of compilation spotlights Country Classics, Gospel Songs, Duets, and The Number OnesWe Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash arrives from Legacy on August 14, and you can pre-order at the links below!

Various Artists, We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy Recordings, 2012 – CD/DVD Edition, Blu-ray Edition)

DVD/Blu-ray Tracks:

  1. Folsom Prison Blues – performed by Brandi Carlile
  2. Get Rhythm – performed by Andy Grammer
  3. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – performed by Amy Lee
  4. Hey Porter – performed by Buddy Miller
  5. Why Me Lord – performed by Shelby Lynne
  6. Help Me Make It Through the Night – performed by Pat Monahan
  7. It Ain’t Me Babe – performed by Shelby Lynne and Pat Monahan
  8. Sunday Morning Coming Down – performed by Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson
  9. Jackson – performed by Carolina Chocolate Drops
  10. Wreck Of The Old 97 – performed by Rhett Miller
  11. Ring Of Fire – performed by Ronnie Dunn
  12. Cocaine Blues – performed by Shooter Jennings
  13. Hurt – performed by Lucinda Williams
  14. The Long Black Veil – performed by Iron & Wine
  15. Big River – performed by Kris Kristofferson
  16. Cry, Cry, Cry – performed by Sheryl Crow
  17. If I Were A Carpenter – performed by Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow
  18. Highwayman – performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson
  19. I Walk The Line – performed by Full Ensemble

CD Tracks:

  1. Folsom Prison Blues – performed by Brandi Carlile
  2. Ring Of Fire – performed by Ronnie Dunn
  3. Hey Porter – performed by Buddy Miller
  4. Hurt – performed by Lucinda Williams
  5. Wreck Of The Old 97 – performed by Rhett Miller
  6. Jackson – performed by Carolina Chocolate Drops
  7. The Long Black Veil – performed by Iron & Wine
  8. Big River – performed by Kris Kristofferson
  9. Why Me Lord – performed by Shelby Lynne
  10. Help Me Make It Through the Night – performed by Pat Monahan
  11. It Ain’t Me Babe – performed by Shelby Lynne and Pat Monahan
  12. Sunday Morning Coming Down – performed by Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson
  13. Get Rhythm – performed by Andy Grammer
  14. Cocaine Blues – performed by Shooter Jennings
  15. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – performed by Amy Lee
  16. Cry, Cry, Cry – performed by Sheryl Crow
  17. I Still Miss Someone – rehearsal performance by Willie Nelson
  18. If I Were A Carpenter – performed by Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow
  19. Highwayman – performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson
  20. I Walk The Line – performed by Full Ensemble

Written by Joe Marchese

June 28, 2012 at 13:57

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  1. I’ve heard rumors that there will be a box set compiling all of Cash’s Columbia albums similar to the Miles Davis Complete Columbia Albums box that was released a few years ago. I would really be interested in that over more of these themed anthologies (though the Number Ones comes in a deluxe edition with a DVD of Johnny Cash Show performances- that should be sweet!) as many of those albiums have never seen a CD release. I heard that may come out in the fall.
    That tribute concert looks okay although I am not really a fan of most of the performers. When I first glanced at the track list, I thought it said that Folsom Prison Blues was being performed by Belinda Carlisle, which I thought was a …strange choice!

    Jason Michael

    June 28, 2012 at 20:23

    • I’m not familiar with Brandi Carlisle, but seems an odd choice for that song nonetheless.

      Then again, if she at least sings the correct words (unlike Keb’Mo, who seemed to miss the point of the song, on a tribute album a few years back) maybe it’ll be alright.

      Apart from Willie, Sheryl Crow, and Kristofferson I’m not familiar with most of these people… I’ve heard Lucinda Williams though, and she probably does a good version of “Hurt.” I’ve heard great things about the Carolina Chocolate Drops though, and the same for Iron & Wine. Shooter Jennings has the pedigree of course, so there might be good stuff here. I’ll check out the PBS special first, and see what I think.

      Shaun

      June 30, 2012 at 19:10


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