As with previous editions of Sony Legacy’s impressive Johnny Cash Bootleg series, Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth is a two-CD set containing a mixture of previously released and unreleased material. The focus this time around is squarely on Cash’s gospel side. The 51 tracks come from the 1970s and ‘80s. New liner notes by the late artist’s son, John Carter Cash, sort out the chronology of the music, putting it into context with the rest of Cash’s output.
Producer Don Was doesn't hold back in describing Johnny Cash. "He was a human of mythological proportions." Cash had a mythological nickname, "The Man in Black." It came from his song of the same name, in which he sang "I wear the black for the poor and beaten down." It's a dirge that epitomized his everyman persona — tough, tragic, inspiring, painfully human. But the name also calls to mind the supernatural — something ghostly, powerful and much more than human.
At the foundation of Cash’s life and music-making was his spiritual fervor, ingrained in him from an early age. His devotion to gospel music stayed with him throughout his career, from one of his earliest albums (1959’s Hymns with Johnny Cash) through one of his very last (2003’s posthumous My Mother’s Hymn Book). Late in life, The Man in Black even recorded the entire New Testament as a spoken-word multi-CD set. Columbia/Legacy’s fourth installment of Cash’s Bootleg Series is entirely devoted to this aspect of the Cash canon, and as such, The Soul of Truth (88697 98538 2, 2012) may be the most raw, personal entry in the series yet.
The May 2012 issue of Uncut has given Johnny Cash's "Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth" eight out of 10 stars! The magazine writes, "It's a surprisingly illumination collection ... these are not sharp deviations from Cash's modus operandi. The Tennessee Three and various Nashville pros play the classic Cash sound, while the singer refracts his pious philosophy through the vision of, and belief in, a benevolent, forgiving deity. ...
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, PAT MONAHAN AND SHELBY LYNNE ADDED TO “WE WALK THE LINE: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH” STAR-STUDDED LINEUP
Legendary Artists Join Previously Announced Performers to Pay Tribute to Johnny Cash and His Legacy at April 20 Concert in Austin, TX
The fourth volume in the successful CASH BOOTLEG series, this album presents an intimate and personal look at Cash's passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path. The album is available now!
Organizers of the upcoming "We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash" concert have confirmed that Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow will join the lineup for the April 20th show in Austin, Texas. They join previously-announced performers Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Shooter Jennings, Ray LaMontagne, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, John Hiatt, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Amy Lee.
Organizers of the Johnny Cash Music Festival have set October 5th as the date for this year's event, to be held at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Rosanne Cash will host the festival and the lineup of musical acts will be announced later. Proceeds will help finance the renovation of Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess.
JOHNNY CASH TO BE CELEBRATED WITH “WE WALK THE LINE: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH” IN HONOR OF HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY
Concert Will Feature a Star-Studded Lineup Including Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, John Hiatt, Amy Lee, Shooter Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, and Jamey Johnson with more Legendary Surprise Guests to be Announced
The family of Johnny Cash visited Region 8 Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of the country music icon with his fans on what would have been Cash's 80th birthday. The family is partnering with Arkansas Heritage Sites office at Arkansas State University to restore the home and community where Cash lived with his parents and siblings for 15 years of his life.
To commemorate what would be the county-music master’s 80th birthday on Feb. 26, several celebrations, projects and events are scheduled throughout the year. Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Ark. is being restored. Columbia/Legacy will release a series of archived recordings, starting with a collection of his gospel and spiritual songs from 1970s and ’80s called Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth, which will be available in April. A Johnny Cash Museum is scheduled to open this summer in Nashville.
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