Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s 80th Birthday, Tomorrow Sunday, 2/26

Tomorrow, February 26, would have been Johnny Cash‘s 80th birthday.

A year-long celebration of the Man in Black’s birthday begins this Sunday with ground-breaking on the restoration of his Dyess, Arkansas boyhood home -The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.

Time Magazine just posted this beautiful “LightBox” of “rare and unpublished photos of the Country music icon.” — http://lightbox.time.com—Enjoy. And Happy Birthday, Johnny.


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Johnny Cash Collectibles Raise $700,000

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Johnny Cash’s costumes, instruments and handwritten lyrics have smashed original estimates and raised more than $700,000  at auction.

The Man In Black’s possessions were sold off in Los Angeles in a lengthy three-day auction, which included a staggering 1,000 lots, over the weekend (Dec 4).

The priciest item up for grabs was the famous blue denim jumpsuit worn by Cash in an iconic Jim Marshall photograph, which shows the late star flicking his middle finger to the camera.
The item was expected to sell for between $3,000 to $5,000, but soared up to a massive $50,000.

A guitar which Cash used to write the first four lines of his track I Walk The Line also made $50,000.

The Julien’s Auctions event raised more than $700,000  in total and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the MusiCares charity, which helps musicians with health or financial problems.

The event marks the largest sale of Cash memorabilia since a 2004 auction which was was held to pay for estate taxes following the singer’s death in 2003.
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Rosanne Cash: "The List" Wins Album of the Year at Americana Awards

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Rosanne Cashaccepted the award for “Album of the Year” for her most recent recording The List at the 2010 Americana Honors & Awards Show last night. The ceremony, attended by Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant,  Jack White, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many other luminaries, was held at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Cash performed the Bobbie Gentry classic “Ode to Billie Joe” and presented John Mellencamp, the 2010 Lifetime Recipient for Songwriting honoree, with his award.
Selected by members of the Americana Music Association, the awards reflect the genre’s affection for innovative and inspiring artistry, something Cash has displayed throughout her long and storied career. In October 2009, she released The List, her first-ever covers album, which shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s Top Country Albums chart following the publication of Cash’s new memoir Composed(Viking; $26.95).
Composed — which finds Cash sharing her recollections growing up as Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter and coming into her own as a performer, daughter, and mother — appeared on The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post bestseller lists. Called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read” by The Chicago Tribune and “wise, honest, and utterly engaging” by The Washington PostComposed has earned rave reviews from media outlets across the country, including Entertainment WeeklyThe Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Daily BeastThe Forth Worth Star-Telegram, as well as starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.
In other news, Cash will make several upcoming television and concert appearances, including an interview and performance on CBS The Early Show on September 18th. She will also perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on October 3rd and return toThe Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on October 4th. On October 5th, Cash will participate in “An Evening With Rosanne Cash At The Grammy Museum®” in Los Angeles, where she will be interviewed onstage about her songwriting process, The List, and Composed, and will perform a selection of songs from The List with her husband and producer John Leventhal. On October 7th, Cash will sit down for a conversation about her life in music with author A.M. Homes at the 92ndStreet Y in New York City (Tickets for “The Lyricist’s Voice: Rosanne Cash are available here:http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-TP5MS03). Finally, Cash will perform songs from The List at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, on November 14th. (Ticket info is available here:http://www.sfjazz.org/concerts/2010/fall/artists/cash.php.)

Rosanne Cash Memoir is on New York Times Best Seller List

Composed, the newly published memoir from acclaimed singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, will debut on The New York Times Book Reviewhardcover, nonfiction bestseller list at No. 20 on August 29thIn the book Cash shares her recollections growing up as Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter and coming into her own as a performer, daughter, and mother.
Called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read” by the Chicago Tribune and “wise, honest, and utterly engaging” by the Washington PostComposed(published by Viking; $26.95) has earned rave reviews from media outlets across the country, including Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia InquirerThe Daily Beast, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, as well as starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. It also received early praise from Cash’s fellow authors Bill Flanagan (Evening’s Empire), Daniel J. Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music), and Adriana Trigiani (best-selling author of theBig Stone Gap series and Brava, Valentine), who calls it “a lush and glorious memoir that is wise and knowing, humorous and full of hope.”
The week Composed was released, Cash was interviewed on PBS’ NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show.” She also sat down with ABC’s Good Morning America and performed a song from her first-ever covers album, The List, which was released in October 2009. The appearance attracted renewed attention for the critically heralded album, sending The List to No. 1 on Amazon’s Top Country Albums chart. The album also jumped from No. 68 to No. 28 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, entered the Amazon Best Sellers chart at No. 9, and rose to No. 13 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart.
Over the course of her career, Cash has recorded fourteen albums, including 1981’s gold Seven Year Ache and 1987’s gold King’s Record Shop, and charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to No. 1. She has received ten Grammy Award nominations — winning in 1985 — and was nominated last December for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen on The List, which is eligible for Grammy consideration this year. The album, which Vanity Fair called “superb,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 22. The List has been nominated for “Album of the Year” by The Americana Music Association, which will announce the 2010 winners in a ceremony held September 9th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Cash will attend and perform at the event. 
Cash is also the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York TimesRolling Stone, andNew York magazine.