The Roots of Johnny Cash

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: 1/7/2013
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • UPC: 636551004527
  • Catalog Number: 5100452
  • Sales rank: 322,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wabash Cannonball (2:58)
  2. 2 Goodnight Irene (2:38)
  3. 3 Great Speckled Bird - Roy Acuff (2:54)
  4. 4 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:48)
  5. 5 Born to Lose (2:42)
  6. 6 Frankie and Johnny - Jimmie Rodgers (2:51)
  7. 7 Keep on the Sunny Side (2:51)
  8. 8 Wreck of the Old '97 (3:22)
  9. 9 Nine Pound Hammer (2:12)
  10. 10 I Love You Because (2:44)
  11. 11 Time Changes Everything - Bob Wills (2:32)
  12. 12 Wildwood Flower (2:46)
  13. 13 Rock Island Line (2:37)
  14. 14 Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers (2:45)
  15. 15 Orange Blossom Special (2:58)
  16. 16 Kassie Jones, Pt.1 (3:05)
  17. 17 Kassie Jones, Pt. 2 (3:02)
  18. 18 Diamonds in the Rough (3:22)
  19. 19 Dark as a Dungeon (2:48)
  20. 20 On a Monday (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Track Performer
Furry Lewis Track Performer
Roy Acuff Track Performer
The Carter Family Track Performer
Merle Travis Track Performer
Leon Payne Track Performer
Vernon Dalhart Track Performer
The Monroe Brothers Track Performer
The Rouse Brothers Track Performer
Hank Williams Track Performer
Bob Wills 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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