Posthumous Johnny Cash Album ‘Songwriter’ Has Been Released

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A posthumous new album from music legend Johnny Cash, has been released.

The album ‘Songwriter’, features 11 tracks from Cash across his stellar career.

It was was originally recorded in 1993, a time when Cash was between labels. However, he shelved these tracks after meeting Rick Rubin, before going on to release American Records in 1994.

Eventually, the the album was soon rediscovered by Johnny’s son John Carter Cash, who teamed up with producer David R Ferguson to release it in honour of his father.

With a little help from some other artists, the pair created new tracks, around the original vocals and acoustic guitar.

Such artists featuring on the album also include Dan Auerbach, Marty Stuart, Vince Gill among others. The late Waylon Jennings can also be heard on tracks ‘Like A Soldier’ and ‘I Love You Tonite’.

Following its release last week, the album catapulted straight into the top 10 on the American iTunes albums chart.

“his energies, his movements” 

Announcing the upcoming release of this album back in April, John Carter Cash had this to say.

“The musicians that came in were just tracking with Dad, recording with Dad”, he said.

He also added: “In the case of Marty and Dave [Roe], they had [played together] many times before, so they knew his energies, his movements, and they let him be the guide. It was just playing with Johnny once again, and that’s what it was. That was the energy of the creation”. 

Check out the album’s list of songs below.

Back in January, Paul McCartney revealed that Johnny Cash had inspired him to form his band Wings.

At the time, McCartney was at a crossroads in his career, after the Beatles split up. The band found huge success after releasing ‘Band On The Run’ in 1973.

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