No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country
#42 November to December 2002
Country Royalty this week in the shape of Johnny Cash who also became Alt- Country Royalty from 1994 due to his American Recording series with producer Rick Rubin.
To me there are three critical peaks in his long and illustrious career - the late 50s Sun Sessions , the Folsom and San Quinten Prison albums from the late 60s and the American Recordings series.
The article focusses on an interview with him at the Carter Family's Fold in Scott County on the Virginia/Tennessee border.. He is working on June Carter Cash's forthcoming album.Sadly the album Wildwood Flower was released on Dualtone in September 2003 four months after her death and only a few days before Johnny's death at the age of 71
It also covers the November 2002 release of American IV- The Man Comes Around the last one released in his lifetime and the one which contains the poignant version of Hurt.
It also includes covers of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Eagles' Desperado. The covers don't come close to these takes on two of his own songs.The first is quite possibly the best song in the six album series.
I've gone for Kim Richey for this week's One from the Top with the article concentrating on her 2002 release Rise on the Americana favourite Lost Highway label.