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Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash

Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash

In his like-titled memoir (published simultaneously with this album), John Carter Cash offers an unvarnished and powerfully poignant remembrance of the woman he knew, blemishes and all, as his mother. Here, he honors her as a gifted musical artist in her own right. Nothing


In his like-titled memoir (published simultaneously with this album), John Carter Cash offers an unvarnished and powerfully poignant remembrance of the woman he knew, blemishes and all, as his mother. Here, he honors her as a gifted musical artist in her own right. Nothing can really supplant the sound of a Carter voice, but the various artists John Carter has assembled for this labor of love provide vivid testimony of the timelessness, wisdom, and good spirits informing June's music. Among the principal contributors are John Carter's sisters Carlene, teaming with Ronnie Dunn on a raging version of "Jackson" that does justice to Johnny and June's incendiary version, and Rosanne, who offers a heart-wrenching, hymn-like entreaty to the divine, "Wings of Angels." Then there are family friends: Ralph Stanley (appropriately rendering "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"); Emmylou Harris (a part-sung, part recited tribute to enduring love in "Song for John," performed to the resonant, ringing tones of an autoharp); and Patty Loveless and Kris Kristofferson (teaming on a rustic, loping take on the beautiful "Far Side Banks of Jordan"). Add in the estimable contributions from the likes of Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Billy Joe Shaver, Grey de Lisle and others, and Anchored in Love really is a gift that keeps on giving. June was a rare woman who made an enduring contribution to the music of her time while remaining the darling companion of a man whose outsized and sometimes destructive appetites never diminished the depth of her love for him. That she could still find her own place in the world out of his shadow is simply remarkable. Their son has done right by her, to say the least.

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Because she rarely recorded under her own name, a tribute to the late June Carter Cash by default also stands as a tribute to her genealogy: several of the songs among the dozen here were recorded by June with her late husband, Johnny Cash, or by country music's legendary Carter Family, from which June sprang. In addition, the album was produced by John Carter Cash, the only child of Johnny and June, and there are tracks by Carlene Carter, June's daughter from her first marriage (to Carl Smith), and Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash's daughter with his first wife. As producer, John Carter Cash largely plays it predictable. There are few surprises and no truly offbeat rearrangements or radical interpretations. Folks who enjoyed the singing of June Carter Cash will likely be quite satisfied with these loving, faithful covers. And they should be, because virtually all of the performances are flawless, honest, and inspired. Two duets lead things off: Sheryl Crow and duet king Willie Nelson give a spirited, if somewhat rote, reading to "If I Were a Carpenter," the Tim Hardin-penned classic, and Carlene Carter and Ronnie Dunn hoot it up on "Jackson," the Nancy Sinatra-Lee Hazlewood hit -- both songs were longtime staples of Johnny and June's shows together. A handful of top-shelf country artists, among them Loretta Lynn (a tender "Wildwood Flower"), Brad Paisley (a straightforward, beautifully sung "Keep on the Sunny Side"), and bluegrass hero Ralph Stanley ("Will the Circle Be Unbroken," what else?), pay their respects with kind treatments, and Emmylou Harris, who certainly learned a thing of two from June, sends it off in style with "Song to John," June's self-explanatory tribute of her own. It wouldn't be a tribute album if Elvis Costello didn't turn up, and though his "Ring of Fire" will never go down as the definitive version of that Johnny Cash signature, Costello brings his usual commitment -- and an autoharp, June's favorite instrument -- to his no-frills version. Two of the more left-field approaches come via Patty Loveless and Kris Kristofferson, who bring a touch of drollness to "Far Side Banks of Jordan," and Billy Joe Shaver, who's exactly the right guy to give a bit of bite to the Carter Family's "Kneeling Drunkard's Plea." You've got to think that both June and Johnny would have loved this homage, whose release coincides with the publication of John Carter Cash's same-titled biography of his mother.

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Performance Credits

Nancy Blake   Mandolin
Norman Blake   Acoustic Guitar
Marty Stuart   Acoustic Guitar
Marvin Etzioni   Mandolin
Pat McLaughlin   Mandolin
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jack Cooke   Vocals,Upright Bass
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Tony Harrell   Piano,Accordion,Harmonium
Jamie Hartford   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar
Larry Perkins   Autoharp,Upright Bass
David Roe   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Leroy Troy   Banjo
Mark Winchester   Upright Bass
Ron Wall   Autoharp
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
James Alan Shelton   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Lonow   Percussion,Drums
Murry Hammond   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Britt   Guitar
Brad Paisley   Guitar
Sarah Peasall   Background Vocals
Hannah Peasall   Background Vocals
Leah Peasall   Background Vocals
Kevin Grant   Upright Bass
Grey DeLisle   Autoharp
Justin Williamson   Fiddle
Laura Cash   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Background Vocals
Dewey Brown   Fiddle
Nathan Stanley   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Anita Carter   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
David Vaught   Engineer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
RIck DePofi   Engineer
Gina R. Binkley   Art Direction
Anthony Ruotolo   Engineer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
John Carter Cash   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Helen Carter Jones   Composer
Jeff Kersey   Engineer

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