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Saturday 28 November 2020

50 Americana Albums to Hear Before You Die - Walk Alone


Three albums to go to complete this series and at least one of them is a bona fide classic. Maybe not this one though.

But wait the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash as described by Rolling Stone as pure Americana heart and soul. Wiki  states that they are an Americana/alternatve country band so there you go naysayers (you know who you are)

Fronted by Mark Stuart they received permission from rthe great man himself to use his name and he personally invited them to record songs for Walk Alone at his home in Henderson, Tennessee.  Bonus tracks on the album were produced by his son John Carter Cash That's good enough for me.

Walk Alone is their 2001 debut full length album on Ultimatum Music//Artemis although they had a 6 track demo EP from 1996 and a 9 track Lasso Motel from 1999 both released indepedently by the band.A furher five albums were released up to 2013 along with 3 live ones.

I saw them playing live at Glasgow's ABC 2 which has now been sadly demolished after being caught up in the second Art School fire. I think William Elliott Whitmore may have been the support act

Maybe the wouldn't have featured had I got round to editing that list but their inclusion is worth it alone for Truckstop in La Grange

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Texas Sun

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Truckstop in La Grange

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Trains Gonna Roll


  1. These bastards are new to me CC but I really enjoyed what I heard. Will dig for more. Hope everything is well at your place. Stay save.

  2. Great name for an Americana band. I'd heard of them, but that must have been about 20 years ago.

    Have you heard Fred Eaglesmith's song "Johnny Cash"? A very dark song about the Man In Black.