“Johnny Cash’s voice was so big, it made the world grow small… When I first heard ‘I Walk the Line’ so many years earlier, it sounded like a voice calling out ‘What are you doing there, boy?’ I was trying to keep my eyes wide opened, too.”Bob Dylan, Chronicles Vol. I

In 2006 the final volume of the American Recordings was released effectively closing the door on final chapter of Johnny Cash’s storied career. Looking back, 2000’s American III: Solitary Man album produced my favorite cover from the entirety of the series in Cash’s rendering of Will Oldham’s “I See A Darkness.” Staying true to the original (with Oldham supplying sparse backing vocals) Cash injects a new element of weariness to the already heavy song.

+ Here is an insightful interview Free Williamsburg did with Will Oldham after the Cash sessions.


MP3: Johnny Cash :: I See A Darkness (cover)
MP3: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy :: I See A Darkness
Amazon: Johnny Cash – American Recordings
Amazon: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See A Darkness
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Cash/Will Oldham MP3s.
In other news, Ryan Adams has a new track, “France,” streaming on his website. Look for a concert date near you — Adams is presently touring North America with his band The Cardinals.


MP3: Ryan Adams :: France

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