Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A standout among tributes, Kindred Spirits is a great album through and through. The high quality springs from the stature of the tribute's subject, Johnny Cash, whose catalogue is incomparably rich, deep, and soulful, and the commitment of a cast of roots rockers who never once deign to phone it in. The material here not only traverses Cash's perennial themes of love, God, and murder but also includes a couple of evocative train songs, a prison song, and one of the all-time great kiss-off songs, "Understand Your Man," which Dwight Yoakam attacks with venom, rage, and even a smidgen of sadistic glee. But that's only the beginning. Rosanne Cash and the trio of Sheryl ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A standout among tributes, Kindred Spirits is a great album through and through. The high quality springs from the stature of the tribute's subject, Johnny Cash, whose catalogue is incomparably rich, deep, and soulful, and the commitment of a cast of roots rockers who never once deign to phone it in. The material here not only traverses Cash's perennial themes of love, God, and murder but also includes a couple of evocative train songs, a prison song, and one of the all-time great kiss-off songs, "Understand Your Man," which Dwight Yoakam attacks with venom, rage, and even a smidgen of sadistic glee. But that's only the beginning. Rosanne Cash and the trio of Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and Mary Chapin Carpenter are nothing less than stunning on the poignant heartbreaker "I Still Miss Someone" and the exquisite "Flesh and Blood." Keb' Mo' offers a startling deconstruction of "Folsom Prison Blues," performing it as a bone-dry Delta-style blues number, with one telling lyric change -- "I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die" becomes "They said I shot a man down in Reno/That was just a lie" -- that utterly transforms this durable classic. Little Richard has his finest moment on record since 1970's "Freedom Blues" with a rocking take on "Get Rhythm" that burns as righteously as one of his classic '50s Specialty recordings. And it doesn't let up: Bruce Springsteen sings with Nebraska-like gravitas on "Give My Love to Rose," Steve Earle spins an Old West yarn on "Hardin Didn't Run," Bob Dylan offers a gruff, rumbling take on "Train of Love," and Hank Williams Jr. roars through "Big River." The pièce de r´esistance, however, is the closing gospel gem "Meet Me in Heaven," which Janette Carter -- a daughter of the Carter Family's A. P. and Sara Carter, she's Johnny's cousin by marriage -- renders in a chilling, weathered lead vocal, with a cameo from the Man in Black himself on a gripping verse. Producer Marty Stuart, who has a long history of doing right by his former father-in-law, delivers big-time here; this is great American music done with the respect, love, and conviction Johnny Cash's songs deserve. Released at the same time, Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash is a more indie-centric, but equally gratifying, homage to Cash.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The second of two Johnny Cash tribute discs released in September 2002 (the other is Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash) brings out the big guns in terms of marquee talent. As the album's coordinator, musician Marty Stuart has the background and contacts to pull this project off. Any collection with previously unreleased tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle has built in credibility. All the participants are enthusiastic and dedicated, but the most stirring tracks inject a different spin to the originals. Dylan's spoken intro to "Train of Love" thanks Cash for standing up for him "way back when" before launching into one of the most emotionally stirring performances on this album. Little Richard does his best "Long Tall Sally" with a rock'em sock'em "Get Rhythm," but his voice isn't what it used to be and the song ends up sounding more like a Richard tune than a Cash one. Much better is Keb' Mo', who slows down "Folsom Prison Blues" to an ominous, swamp/bluesy crawl. Travis Tritt successfully rearranges "I Walk the Line" into a slow but menacing honky tonk ballad similar to how George Jones might approach it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972478920
  • Catalog Number: 724789
  • Sales rank: 26,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Understand Your Man (3:13)
  2. 2 I Still Miss Someone (3:14)
  3. 3 Train of Love - Bob Dylan (3:23)
  4. 4 Get Rhythm (3:02)
  5. 5 Folsom Prison Blues (3:53)
  6. 6 I Walk the Line (4:18)
  7. 7 Big River - Hank Williams Jr. (3:07)
  8. 8 Give My Love to Rose - Bruce Springsteen (2:55)
  9. 9 Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:46)
  10. 10 Flesh and Blood - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:44)
  11. 11 Hardin Wouldn't Run - Steve Earle (4:23)
  12. 12 Hey Porter (2:32)
  13. 13 Meet Me in Heaven - Janette Carter (3:21)
  14. 14 For Luther (I Walk the Line Reprise) - Mudcats (0:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Marty Stuart Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rosanne Cash Vocals
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Travis Tritt Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Connie Smith Vocals
Steve Earle Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Jeff Paris Harmonica, Hammond Organ
Sheryl Crow Accordion, Vocals
David Angell Violin
Barry Beckett Hammond Organ
Jesse Boyce Organ, Bass
Pat Buchanan Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Slide Guitar
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals
June Carter Cash Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Connie Ellisor Violin
Tony Garnier Bass
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Kevin Grantt Bass
Michael Haynes Trumpet
John Hobbs Piano
Kelvin Holly Guitar
John Jarvis Hammond Organ
Reggie McBride Bass
Chris McDonald Trombone
Greg Morrow Drums
Shawn Pelton Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass
Charlie Robison Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pamela Sixfin Violin
George Tidwell Trumpet
Robby Turner Steel Guitar
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Cheryl White Background Vocals
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Hank Williams Jr. Vocals
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
W.S. Holland Drums
Dave Roe Rorick Bass
Darrin Vincent Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Janette Carter Vocals
Ron Wall Autoharp
Les Falconer Drums
Steve Arnold Bass
Dale Jett Acoustic Guitar
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro Drums
Technical Credits
Marty Stuart Producer
Johnny Cash Composer
Bob Dylan Engineer
Bruce Springsteen Producer
Thom Cadley Producer, Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Chad Hailey Engineer
John Jennings Engineer
Kris Wilkinson Orchestration
Rollow Welch Art Direction
Tom Schick Engineer
Claude "Swifty" Achille Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Jeb Brien Producer
Tony Castle Engineer
Roy Cash Composer
John Carter Cash Engineer
Marvin Koner Cover Photo
Vickie Russell Creative Producer
John Mark Harris Engineer
Mark Johnson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great tribute - only one problem

    Of course nobody does Johnny Cash like Johnny Cash, but the eclectic mix of artists on this tribute album shows how the Man in Black transcends barriers. Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, Bob Dylan, Little Richard, and Bruce Springsteen offer some great interpretations. Dylan's spoken intro at the beginning of "Train of Love" is very heart warming. Dylan and Cash have long admired each other's work. The only major complaint I have with this album is Keb' Mo's version of "Folsom Prison Blues." Perhaps this song should have been left off the album. Changing Cash's signature lyric from "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" to "They say I shot a man in Reno but that was just a lie" is almost sacreligious. The whole point of the orignial song is understanding the regret someone feels after committing murder. Yes, people are falsely accused of crimes and pay an unjust price. That point needs to be made in another song, however. Oh well. Other than that one song, this is still one of the better tribute albums out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Meet me in heaven

    This has to be the greatest tribute album I have ever come across. What can you expect from Marty Stuart, Marty knows John's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Buy...

    I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan! In my mind, no one deserves as good a tribute album as this one. He's the father of country music, and anyone that grew up listening to him should check out this CD. It will bring back memories of the classics. Or, if you're just a fan of classic American music, I highly recommend it to you, also. Enjoy!

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