Roots of Johnny Cash

Roots of Johnny Cash

     
 

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Tribute albums dedicated to country music legends are fairly common these days. When done right, they serve to remind the listening public of the artist's body of songs and contribution to the genre. Less common, though as important, are albums that gather the songs that influenced an important artist. The Roots of Johnny Cash does just that, gathering songsSee more details below

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Tribute albums dedicated to country music legends are fairly common these days. When done right, they serve to remind the listening public of the artist's body of songs and contribution to the genre. Less common, though as important, are albums that gather the songs that influenced an important artist. The Roots of Johnny Cash does just that, gathering songs from the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, and a number of others. Many, like Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and Merle Travis' "Dark as a Dungeon," will be familiar to fans of older country music. Most of these songs, "Rock Island Line," "Wreck of the Old '97," and "Wabash Cannonball," would be recorded by Cash at some point in his career. There are also several lesser-known influences like Vernon Dalhart, Leon Payne, and the Rouse Brothers. A particularly fascinating connection comes from the folk/blues contingent, featuring singers like Leadbelly and Furry Lewis; fascinating, because many forget that blues played a central role in early country music. Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train," infused with bluesy slide guitar, also reinforces this connection. The selections on The Roots of Johnny Cash emphasize that many of these influences were not contemporaries of Cash, meaning that he was firmly grounded in the past. This added to the uniqueness of his sound and approach. Indeed, there has always been a power in Cash's voice that reaches back to something more elemental. The Roots of Johnny Cash offers a good place for the listener to dig deeper into country music's past and to better understand the background of one of country music's greatest icons.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2013
Label:
Complete Blues
UPC:
0636551004527
catalogNumber:
5100452
Rank:
195947

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lead Belly   Track Performer
Furry Lewis   Track Performer
Roy Acuff   Track Performer
Carter Family   Track Performer
Merle Travis   Track Performer
Leon Payne   Track Performer
Vernon Dalhart   Track Performer
Monroe Brothers   Track Performer
Rouse Brothers   Track Performer
Hank Williams   Track Performer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Roy Carter   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Dave Penny   Liner Notes
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Guy Smith   Composer
Gary Garett   Composer

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