Live From Austin, TX

Live From Austin, TX

by Johnny Cash
     
 

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Johnny Cash was fortunate enough to enjoy a massive resurgence of attention and respect in the last decade of his life, but while no one seemed to be paying much attention to him from the early '80s (when his contract with Columbia ran out) to 1994 (when the Rick Rubin-produced American RecordingsSee more details below

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Johnny Cash was fortunate enough to enjoy a massive resurgence of attention and respect in the last decade of his life, but while no one seemed to be paying much attention to him from the early '80s (when his contract with Columbia ran out) to 1994 (when the Rick Rubin-produced American Recordings reminded listeners that a great artist was still in our midst), Cash continued to make good-to-great records and play for fans around the world, and this album, taken from a 1987 taping session for the long-running television series Austin City Limits, shows the Man in Black was still in sterling form as he traveled beneath the radar of country radio and the hipster music press. With his long-time road band backing him up and his soul mate June Carter Cash joining him for a duet on "Where Did We Go Right," Cash sounds relaxed but utterly authoritative on this set, singing tunes he must have done thousands of times before with a genuine emotional gravity (particularly "I Walk the Line" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"), and lending the force of his remarkable voice to some songs not generally associated with him, including moving interpretations of Guy Clark's "Let Him Roll" and John Prine's "Sam Stone." At one point, while introducing his band, Cash tells the audience, "I don't even remember the bad times, there's been so many good times," but on the best moments of this performance, it's clear he never forgot the valleys of his life, and they informed his work even on what should have been just another television gig following the release of an album (Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town) destined to be lost in the shuffle. It's the strength of ordinary moments like this that serve as a reminder of how remarkable Johnny Cash really was, and while Live from Austin TX is hardly his definitive live album (that honor would go to Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison), it's a potent and thoroughly enjoyable disc that fans will want to hear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396608522
catalogNumber:
6085
Rank:
33265

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Anita Carter   Guest Appearance
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
June Carter Cash   Guest Appearance
Jack Hale   Harmonica,Trumpet
Bob Lewin   Trumpet,Keyboards
Jim Soldi   Guitar
Bob Wootton   Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
John Prine   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
David Hough   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Terry Lickona   Liner Notes
Gary Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Cameron Strang   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Sharon Cullen   Engineer
Jay Woods   Audio Production

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