It’s time for me to embrace the work of the great Johnny Cash.
I say ‘great’, because I suspect he probably is. But I don’t really know yet. I am about to find out. I have 144 tracks to help me, courtesy of Mr Tracks, who is a big fan.
Even so, these songs will no doubt only scratch the surface of Cash’s output, given that, according to Wikepedia, he was musically active between 1955-2003. And they happen to cover only a couple of rather specific time periods:
- the late 1960s, which includes the recording of a live concert at Folsome Prison; and
- the late 1990s-early 2000s, when he started to record a series of solo albums in the lead up to his death in 2003.
The advice from Mr Tracks is to cut my teeth on the early stuff and then graduate on to the later work. So that is what I shall do and I will of course report as soon as possible.
In the meantime, feel free to provide any further advice/thoughts/comments etc. And we can all ‘let that lonesome whistle blow [our] blues away’*.
*Folsome Prison Blues by Johnny Cash