Man Comes Around
Winner For the CMA Awards
November 5, 2003
Cash's American 4 CD, Man Comes
Around Goes Platinum
Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around marks the first platinum
studio album of his career, certified for shipment of a million copies. American
IV won the CMA album of the year in November and has been packaged
with a DVD of the award-winning video "Hurt." Multi-platinum
Cash albums include At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, and
several hits albums have been certified platinum. 12/4/03
The nominees for the 37th
annual Country Music Awards include plenty of men – every last one of
the nominees for Entertainer of the year, the Horizon award and several
other categories are certified, grade-A-Males. But two men in particular
are in this year’s spotlight. One is Toby Keith, who leads the pack with
seven nominations, including a nod for entertainer. The other, of course,
is Johnny Cash, the towering icon who passed away Sept. 12, 2003 Fans and
industry insiders alike will be watching carefully t see how he is
remembered – and how many awards he wins. He’s nominated in four
categories, all announced well before his death.
Cash’s Four Nominations
Of The Year – Johnny Cash “Hurt”
Of The Year - Johnny Cash
“Man Comes Around
Video – Johnny Cash “Hurt”
Event Of The Year – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Johnny Cash –
Tears In The Holston River
Winner For Grammy Awards
December 10th 2003
the nominees in the Country Field, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash both
earned nominations posthumously and Willie Nelson earned multiple nods,
competing against himself in two categories (Best Country Collaboration
With Vocals and Best Country Album). Carter Cash's recording "Keep On
The Sunny Side" will vie for Best Female Country Vocal
AMERICAN IV: THE MAN COMES AROUND GOES
The RIAA has certified Johnny's Grammy Award winning album Gold for
achieving sales of 500,000 units. The album has spent nearly six
months on both the Billboard Top 200 and Country charts as well.
Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
My Love To Rose
Track from: American IV: The Man Comes Around
[American Recordings/Lost Highway Records]
37 BEST COUNTRY MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Give My Love To Rose AM IV Johnny Cash
CATEGORY 39 BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION W/VOCALS
Bridge Over Troubled Water AM IV
Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple
Flesh & Blood KINDRED SPIRITS
Mary Chapin Carpenter,
Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris
CATEGORY 67 BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM
AMERICAN IV: MAN COMES ROUND
CATEGORY 90 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Give My love to Rose
(and few Red Hot Chili Peppers songs)
GRAMMY AWARDS WILL BE SATURDAY FEB 22nd 8pm ET/CBS
IV: The Man Comes Around
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Man Comes Around
Give My Love to Rose
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Hung My Head
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
In My Life
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
The Streets of Laredo
Tear Stained Letter
We'll Meet Again
Big Iron - Bonus Track Vinyl Only
Wichita Lineman - Bonus Track Vinyl Only
Johnny Cash Films New Video
resurfacing with recent public appearances in Nashville, Johnny Cash is
filming a new video for "Hurt," a song written by Trent Reznor
(Nine Inch Nails). The song is featured on Cash's new album, American
IV: The Man Comes Around, set for Nov. 5 release. With filming set for
Friday and Saturday (Oct. 18-19), it's Cash's first video in nine years.
The video is being directed by Mark Romanek, who recently completed work
on a new Nine Inch Nails video. Cash has been in ill health for several
years, but he showed up to accept the International Entertainment Buyers
Association's Pioneer Award during an Oct. 8 banquet in Nashville. On
Sept. 13, he performed with wife June Carter Cash after accepting the
Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award during the Americana Music
Association Awards. 10/18/02
October 28, 2002
I'd Die If I Retire. Like A Shark - Got To Keep
I am persuaded that nothing can
separate me from my love of my God, my wife, and my music. Life is rich
when I come home, after hours in the studio, feeling as frayed as a
hundred Big G strings, and curl up to June Carter. She’s a soft, fluffy
Mama Bear. That’s when I give God a “Thanks a Lot
, Chief”. Sometimes in the morning I’ll say “Good Morning” to the Awesome
Presence, but sometimes I forget to.
Home from the studio, or to
the hotel from the studio, depending on where I am, it seals the day’s
work when I relate to June what I did that day. But music never stops.
It’s an unending loop through my brain. Over and over and over again.
Finally my head settled on that particular song, and won’t let go.
I wrote and recorded “The
Man Comes Around” early in this project, and for three or four months I
recycled that song, over and over, until I’d have to get out of bed, and
turn on the radio. It worked for a while, but my inner payback system
always went back to “The Man Comes around”.
I spent more time on this song
than any other song I ever wrote. It’s based, loosely on the book
Revelation, with a couple of lines, or chorus, from other biblical
sources> I must have written three dozen pages of lyrics, then
painfully weeded it down to song you have here.
The initial idea for the song
came from a dream I had seven years ago. I was in Nottingham, England and
had bought a book called “Dreaming Of The Queen” the book talked about
the great number of people in that country who dream that they are with
the Queen Elizabeth #2. I dreamed that I walked into Buckingham
Palace , and there she sat, knitting or sewing. She had a basket of fabrics and
lace. Another woman sat beside her, and they were talking and laughing. As
I approached, the Queen looked up at me and said, “Johnny Cash !
You’re like a thorn tree in a whirlwind.” Then of course, I awoke. I
realized that “Thorn Tree in a Whirlwind” sounded familiar to me.
Eventually I decided that it was biblical, and I found it in the book of
Job. From there it grew into a song, and I started lifting things from the
book of Revelation. It became “The Man Comes Around”.
“Revelation” by its mere
interpretation says that something “is revealed” I wish it were. The
more I dug into the book the more I came to realize why it’s such a
puzzle, even to many Theologians. Eventually I shuffled my papers, so to
speak, drew out four or five pages, and I wrote my lyrics.
The fifteen songs that followed in
this album take different directions. I hope you enjoy each one of them
August 12, 2002 Hendersonville
Other Current CD Reviews
first thought, the idea of the Man in Black recording such covers as
"Bridge over Troubled Water," "Danny Boy," and "The
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" might seem odd, even for an artist
who's been able to put his personal stamp on just about everything. But
American IV: The Man Comes Around, which also draws on Cash's original songs
as well as those by Nine Inch Nails ("Hurt"), Sting ("I Hung
My Head"), and Depeche Mode ("Personal Jesus"), may be one of
the most autobiographical albums of the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's
Nearly every tune seems chosen to afford the ailing giant of popular music a
chance to reflect on his life, and look ahead to what's around the corner.
From the opening track--Cash's own "The Man Comes Around," filled
with frightening images of Armageddon--the album, produced by Rick Rubin,
advances a quiet power and pathos, built around spare arrangements and
unflinching honesty in performance and subject.
In 15 songs, Cash moves through dark, haunted meditations on death and
destruction, poignant farewells, testaments to everlasting love, and hopeful
salutes to redemption. He sounds as if he means every word, his
baritone-bass, frequently frayed and ravaged, taking on a weary beauty.
By the time he gets to the Beatles' "In My Life," you'll very
nearly cry. Go ahead. He sounds as if he's about to, too. Unforgettable. --Alanna
Enlists Apple, Henley
Fourth "American" recording
includes songs by Paul Simon, Trent Reznor
Johnny Cash will release his
fourth Rick Rubin-produced album, American
IV: The Man Comes Around, on November 5th. The fifteen-track album
comes just two years after American
III: Solitary Man.
Cash and Rubin assemble a mix of songs penned by Cash, traditional
material, and some more contemporary offerings. Country music past is
represented by a cover of Hank
Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which features a guest
vocal by Nick Cave . Fiona Apple sings with Cash on Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled
Water," and Don Henley guests on his own tune, "Desperado."
tunesmiths covered include Trent Reznor ("Hurt"), Depeche Mode's
Martin Gore ("Personal Jesus"), Sting ("I Hung My
Head") and John Lennon and Paul McCartney ("In My Life").
penned four of the songs himself, including a reprise of his classic
"Give My Love to Rose," and the new title cut. "It's a
gospel song," Cash sideman Marty Stuart said of the song. "It is
the most strangely marvelous, wonderful, gothic, mysterious, Christian
thing that only God and Johnny Cash could create together."
the musicians who appear on the record are Red Hot Chili Pepper John
Frusciante, Beck's guitarist Smokey Hormel, Billy Preston, drummer Joey
Waronker (R.E.M.), Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers, and bluegrass/country pickers Randy Scruggs and Marty
and Rubin first began working together on 1994's American Recordings, a solo acoustic recording which featured
covers of songs by Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Glenn Danzig and
at Cash Cabin, Nashville
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Includes Johnny Cash.
When the first volume of Johnny Cash's AMERICAN series appeared in 1994,
it would have been difficult to predict its critical and commercial
success, much less the fact that an illness-beset Cash would be turning
out a powerful fourth installment of the series eight years later. Like
its three predecessors, AMERICAN IV is a home-recorded, bare-bones Rick
Rubin production wherein Cash tackles old classics by other writers as
well as more contemporary tunes by artists from the rock world, with a
smattering of his own new compositions thrown in. It's also arguably the
strongest since the first volume.
Now that the novelty of hearing the Man in Black tackle tunes by the likes
of Depeche Mode "Personal Jesus" and Nine Inch Nails
("Hurt") has worn off, we can get past the gimmickiness to fully
appreciate the power of Cash's soul-baring interpretations. He brings an
equal amount of gravitas to old country and folk tunes like "Streets
and "Give My Love to Rose." To hear Cash's worn, husky, lived-in
voice inhabit the world-weary narrative of the Beatles' "In My
Life" and the graphic, almost spiritual romance of the Ewan MacColl-penned
ballad "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is to be led
directly to the heart of these songs' deepest meanings.
Johnny Cash's fourth project with producer Rick Rubin continues on the
same path as many of their previous releases: Cash's warm and rumbling
baritone over minimal production and gentle duets with some surprising
One of the things that sets American IV: The Man Comes Around apart from
the others is Cash's song selections. The success he experienced with his
previous interpretations of contemporary songwriters (Soundgarden's
"Rusty Cage," Nick
"The Mercy Seat") is applied to this album with varying degrees
His throaty reading of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" easily fits into
his "Man in Black" persona, and the spiritual conviction
underlying Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" is certainly
powerful. Unfortunately, the inclusion of "Bridge Over Troubled
Water" (featuring a lost- sounding Fiona Apple) and a passionless
snooze through the Beatles' "In My Life" should have been so
much stronger (given the subject matter of both songs and Cash's prolific
One of the reasons his previous covers were so successful is that in the
past he had chosen some pretty obscure songs (Bonnie Prince Billy's
"I See a Darkness" and Beck's "Rowboat," to name a
couple) and reinterpreted them with his unique perspective and
unmistakable voice. However, there is really no need to hear his versions
of the Irish standard "Danny Boy" or the clunky rendition of
Sting's "I Hung My Head," since something about them just
doesn't fit -- either Cash wasn't entirely comfortable with the song or
the performance was never fully realized.
Luckily, the new songs Cash wrote for the album are pretty strong, and his
cover of the standard "We'll Meet Again" is among the best
versions of the song ever recorded. It is a relief to hear that although
Cash's voice is clearly older and not the booming powerhouse it was in the
earlier Sun and Columbia days, he's still got some punch left in him, and
the wisdom he's gained in his later life seeps through between the
grooves, revealing a man who has lived through it all and lived to tell
the tale..... Zac Johns
Interview With Johnny
(AP) - Jamaica's telephone service is capricious, so his voice fades in
and out. But Johnny Cash keeps fighting to be heard.
Cash is describing a typical day at his island home: It'
beautiful. It's about 75 degrees, sun shining, sea breeze blowing.'' Then
he abruptly changes course.
Sorry about you being up there (in Nashville),'' he says, with a guilty
laugh. I don't want to go back to that cold. And if you don't have to, you
don't have to.''
Cash, 68, is basking in the Jamaican sun - and the glow
of two Grammy nominations - just two years after spending 12 days in a
coma with deadly
pneumonia. He's nominated for his latest album, American III: Solitary
Man,'' in the
contemporary folk album category and for Solitary Man,'' his version of
Neil Diamond hit, in the male country vocal performance category.
The doctors now tell Cash that he has autonomic
neuropathy. He isn't sure
what that means, but he doesn't sound frightened. There's nothing wrong
with me,'' he says defiantly. I don't have any
disease. ... It's not doing anything to me, except I'm getting a lot
better. ''Cash, who toured regularly for four decades, is a rare musical
broad for any single genre to contain.
His classic hits include early rockabilly sides like Get
songs like ``Don't Take Your Guns to Town,'' meditations on prison like
Got Stripes'' and message songs like “Man in Black”.'' He's made
recorded live albums at prisons. And he gave Bob Dylan and other '60s
their first network television exposure on his 1969-71 variety series.
He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the
Country Music Hall of
Fame and the winner of a Grammy Legend Award (1990). Only in the 1980s did
he falter, when country radio stations turned him away
in favor of younger talent. He abandoned the Nashville music business in
1994, signing with rap-heavy metal producer Rubin's American Recordings.
three albums with Rubin have been triumphs.
The American Music albums have featured a stripped-down,
sound. Rubin has pushed Cash to record songs by non-mainstream writers
Nick Cave and Will Oldham. It's just Cash doing exactly what he wants to
do,'' says country singer
Marty Stuart, who played on ``American III: Solitary Man.''
They're done with a living-room atmosphere, catching an American icon in
his natural habitat and seeing what's on his mind. It's very earthy, very
organic, very down to earth. It holds on to every
tradition that he ever helped create, but it also busts down the walls of
future, as only he can do, to kind of help give us a different place to
Cash has made some concessions to age and infirmity, but
says he's far from
through. I'm focusing all my time and energy on the creativity, writing
recording songs for my albums,'' he says. ``That's basically where all my
creative energies go. I haven't taken any offers for television or live
commercials or any such thing for years. ... I don't care to be on video.
don't care to be on camera. I've had my 40-plus years on the stage. ...
a while, the suitcases get to be a little heavier.''
He has a home outside Nashville, but spends winters at
his Jamaica estate.
There he rises at 5 a.m., reads, writes songs and eats breakfast with his
wife, June Carter. They often drive their golf cart about a mile from
home to the sea.
In the afternoons, he likes to listen to music; both for pleasure and to
for songs to record. He's been listening to ``Flatt & Scruggs at
Hall,'' The Cathedral Quartet and a box set of the Carter Family.
Of modern country, he likes Trisha Yearwood and the Mavericks.
Sometimes, I'll even listen to Hank Williams Jr's album if I feel like I
can stand the pressure,'' he says jokingly. ``I love him like a brother,
boy, he comes on strong.''
He's planning a fourth album with Rubin and is excited
about going in a heavier'' musical direction. For instance, I may record a
real classic spiritual, and I might use an
orchestra on it. There are some things that Rick and I are finding that
for a little bigger sound. ... I said, `Let's go for it. I am a
rockabilly. If nothing else, I am a rockabilly.''
The Associated Press
Released Date November
Johnny Cash's Five - CD Box Due
Out November 25, 2003
five-CD box set of Johnny Cash recordings made during his American
Recordings era will be released on Nov. 25. Among the 79 cuts will be 64
previously unreleased recordings made by Cash. The remaining tracks are
songs from Cash's four American Recordings CDs made with producer Rick
Rubin. Included are several unreleased duets, including Bob Marley's
"Redemption Song" with Joe Strummer, Cat Stevens' "Father
and Son" with Fiona Apple, Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome
Man" with Carl Perkins, "Cindy" with Nick Cave and
"Like a Soldier" with Willie Nelson. The set also includes a
104-page clothbound book featuring one of Cash's final interviews in which
he and Rubin talk about coming together, selecting songs and creating
Cash's last recordings. The interview also includes extensive comments
from Tom Petty, Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, among others, as well as a
track-by-track discussion of each song by Cash, Rubin and others.
Long Black Veil 2. Flesh & Blood
3. Just The Other Side 4. If I Give My Soul
5. Understand Your Man 6. Banks Of The Ohio
7. Two Timing Woman 8. The Caretaker (fka Who's
Gonna Cry) 9. Chunk Of Coal
10. I'm Going To Memphis
11. Breaking Bread 12. Waiting For A Train
13. Casey 14. No Earthly Good
15. The Fourth Man In The Fire 16. Dark As A
Dungeon 17. Book Review
18. Down There By The Train
Pochohantas 2. I'm A Drifter (Version 1,
Heartbreaker version) 3. Trouble In Mind
4. Down The Line 5. I'm Movin' On
6. As Long As 7. Heart Of Gold
8. The Running Kind (with Tom Petty) 9.
Everybody's trying To Be My Baby (with Carl Perkins)
10. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (with Carl Perkins)
11. T Is For Texas
12. Devil's Right Hand 13. I'm A Drifter (Version
2 Flea version) 14. Like A Soldier with Willie
Nelson 15. Drive On (Alt Lyrics)
16. Bird On A Wire (Live with orchestra)
Singer Of Songs 2. The L & N Don't Stop Here
Anymore 3. Redemption Song (with Joe
Strummer) 4. Father & Son (with Fiona
Apple) 5. Chattanooga
Sugarbabe 6. He Stopped Loving Her Today
7. Hard Times 8. Wichita
Lineman 9. Cindy (with Nick
10. Big Iron 11. Salty Dog
12. Gentle On My Mind 13. You Are My
Sunshine 14. You'll Never Walk Alone
15. The Man Comes Around (Alt take)
Never Grow Old 2. I Shall Not Be Moved
3. I Am A Pilgrim 4. Doo Lord
5. When The Roll 6. If We Never Meet Again This
Side Of Heaven 7. I'll Fly Away
8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies 9. Let The
Lower Lights Be Burning 10. When He Reached
Down 11. In The Sweet Bye And Bye
12. I'm Bound For The Promised Land 13. In The
Garden 14. Softly & Tenderly
15. Just As I Am
Delia's Gone 2. Bird On A Wire
3. Thirteen 4. Rowboat 5.
The One Rose 6. Rusty Cage
7. Southern Accents 8. Mercy Seat
9. Solitary Man 10. Wayfaring Stranger
11. One 12. Hung My Head
13. The Man Comes Around 14. We'll Meet
Again 15. Hurt
set also contains a 104-page cloth-bound book which includes a
track-by-track discussion by Cash, producer Rick Rubin, and others, and
features one of Cash's final interviews about his work.
Mothers Hymn Book
Release Date 4/6/04
Producer Rick Rubin
Where We'll Never Grow
I Shall Not Be Moved
I Am A Pilgrim
When The Roll Is Called Up
If We Never Meet Again This
Side Of Heaven
I'll Fly Away
Where The Soul Of Man Never
Let The Lower Lights Be
When He Reached Down
In The Sweet By And By
I'm Bound For The Promise
In The Garden
Softly And Tenderly