Archive for the ‘Johnny Cash’ Category

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson honor Johnny Cash, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”

Monday, March 26th, 2018
Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson recollect on the influence of Johnny Cash in a new video for the Cash project ‘Forever Words.’

It’s more than two decades since the Highwaymen regrouped for The Road Goes on Forever, the final album from the country supergroup. Even so, three of the band’s members – two living and one deceased – team up in a way on “Forever/I Still Miss Someone,” the kickoff track from next month’s Johnny Cash: Forever Words.

A uniquely collaborative album, Forever Words matches Cash’s elegiac poetry – much of which was discovered after his death in 2003 – with musical performances from his contemporaries, followers and family members. Opening the album is a moving performance from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, both of whom collaborated with Cash throughout their careers. Led by Nelson’s acoustic guitar and Kristofferson’s narration, the song features an instrumental version of Cash’s 1958 single “I Still Miss Someone,” which is repurposed as the backdrop for the final poem the Man in Black ever wrote.

“My father, toward the end of his life… was dealing with the loss of my mother, and was very much alone,” says Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who co-produced the record with Steve Berkowitz. “There was a folder of letters that my father had written for my mother, and within this folder, there were a few poems, many of them very sad. But right in the middle of them was this poem ‘Forever,’ that spoke of life continuing on. Even in the face of my father’s own mortality, he still saw the vision ahead for where his legacy would go.”

Honest and unflinching, “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” contrasts the finite nature of one’s life with the indestructibility of one’s art. “The songs that I sang will still be sung,” Kristofferson reads during the final moments of the video above, which takes a quick look at the song’s creation. The clip also finds Cash’s fellow Highwaymen talking candidly about their bandmate.

“He may be the most spiritual person I’ve known,” Kristofferson adds, “because he was conscious of his own mortality and his own weaknesses, but used his life to raise the perception of other people into the infinite.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words, featuring contributions from Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello and others, will be released April 6th.

 

The Highwaymen, “Me and Bobby McGee”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

“Big River” — The Highwaymen

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

“I’ve Always Been Crazy” — The Highwaymen, Farm Aid 1993

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The Highwaymen perform “I’ve Always Been Crazy” at Farm Aid VI in Ames, Iowa on April 24, 1993.

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

www.FarmAid.org

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Storytellers”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

The Highwaymen

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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This day in Willie Nelson History: “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” (2/16/1986)

Friday, February 16th, 2018

This 1986 movie looks at the last years of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank (Johnny Cash) is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse (Kris Kristofferson) is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse’s death at the hands of the “rotten little coward” Bob Ford (Darrell Wilks) and Frank’s death in 1892. Willie Nelson also makes an appearance as a former member of the James gang.

On February 16, 1986, the NBC-TV movie “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” aired, staring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe and June Carter Cash.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Family Bible”

Monday, February 5th, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwayman” recorded in Nashville (December 6, 1984)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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On December 6, 1984, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson record “Highwayman” at Nashville’s Moman Studios. Among the musicians on the session is guitarist Marty Stuart.

Willie Nelson Induction into Country Music Hall of Fame (1993)

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 1993 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Presented by Johnny Cash (Hall of Fame 1980), Rip Torn & Kris Kristofferson (elected to the Hall in 2004).

This is the first year the CMA did not surprise the artist, as in year’s past. From 1993 to 2006 the CMA Awards did a Hall of Fame Video presentation. From 2007 to 2009, the Hall of Fame segments were reduced to melodies. Since 2010, the Hall of Fame ceremony has taken place in a Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, “Family Bible”

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The Highwaymen

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

Johnny Cash, “Backstage Pass to the Willie Nelson Show”

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Willie Nelson with John Carter Cash

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Thank you, Willie Nelson for the memories and kindnesses.  Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent and I here with Willie at a session yesterday at Big Gassed Studios in Nashville. More to be revealed soon on the music made.  Special thanks to everyone on Willie’s crew and especially to Annie Nelson.
It was great seeing old friends and catching up for a few minutes. Stepping on Willie’s bus brought me back to the old days, the early 1980’s-1990’s.  It still feels the same today as then. So grateful some things haven’t changed!” 

Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, in “Stagecoach”

Thursday, May 25th, 2017