Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley & More Record Johnny Cash-Penned Tunes for New Album

Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley & More Record Johnny Cash-Penned Tunes for New Album

An A-list group of artists—including Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley and more—have been tapped to record songs curated from Johnny Cash’s poetry, lyrics and letters.

The new 16-song album, Johnny Cash: Forever Words, will be released on April 6.

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash died in 2003, they left behind what son John Carter Cash described as a “monstrous amassment” of things, including Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents.

Over the past two years, album producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz invited a stellar cast of musicians to create new music to accompany these newly discovered writings. Artists featured on the new album included Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Ruston Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Alison Krauss and Union Station, T. Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Elvis Costello, Carlene Carter, Daily and Vincent, I’m With Her, Robert Glasper, Ro James, Anu Sun, The Jayhawks and Jamey Johnson.

“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart,” said John Carter Cash. “I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”

A couple of the album’s highlights include “Forever/I Still Miss Someone,” which features Kris Kristofferson reciting the last poem Johnny ever wrote alongside guitar accompaniment from Willie Nelson, as well as “To June This Morning,” a letter Johnny wrote to his wife that was interpreted by real-life couple Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves.

Watch the Johnny Cash: Forever Words trailer below.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words Track List & Artists

  1. “Forever/I Still Miss Someone” – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
  2. “To June This Morning” – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
  3. “Gold All Over the Ground” – Brad Paisley
  4. “You Never Knew My Mind” – Chris Cornell
  5. “The Captain’s Daughter” – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  6. “Jellico Coal Man” – T. Bone Burnett
  7. “The Walking Wounded” – Rosanne Cash
  8. “Them Double Blues” – John Mellencamp
  9. “Body on Body” – Jewel
  10. “I’ll Still Love You” – Elvis Costello
  11. “June’s Sundown” – Carlene Carter
  12. “He Bore It All” – Daily and Vincent
  13. “Chinky Pin Hill” – I’m With Her
  14. “Goin’, Goin’, Gone” – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
  15. “What Would I Dreamer Do?” – The Jayhawks
  16. “Spirit Rider” – Jamey Johnson

photo by Carissa Riccardi

PERSONALITIES

Dave Daniels

Dave Daniels

The 2018 Academy of Country Music Small Market Personality! It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work we do on air and around our community. We have only been here a short time in Ventura County, taking up residence in Camarillo. My wife and I are starting to find our favorite places to…

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

With over 35 years of radio broadcasting behind me, I can say without a doubt that working here at 100.7 KHAY is my biggest honor. The people here are totally dedicated to serving Ventura County radio listeners with great California country music, news, traffic reports and community involvement. It’s such a pleasure to be part…

Shawn Parr

Shawn Parr

Host Shawn Parr is no stranger to Country radio. Before joining NASH NIGHTS LIVE, he was the voice of KKGO after spending years at the Los Angeles powerhouse KZLA. He has also been the voice of Dick Clark Productions for the past two decades, and his work includes announcing the American Music Awards, the Golden…

Blair Garner

Blair Garner

Discovered by a local radio executive in his hometown of Canyon, Texas, Blair Garner has been on the radio waves since age 17. Working on local radio stations all through college, Garner quickly climbed the ranks as his voice caught the ear of program directors from many major markets. He quickly found himself working for…

Playlist