THE MAN IN BLACK IS BACK!
My first exposure to Johnny Cash was in college. An alternative/punk band named “One Bad Pig” did a cover of Johnny’s “Man In Black” song, and surprisingly, Johnny joined them on the cut. It was a big hit on the college radio station I managed at the time.
That’s the first time I ever heard Johnny’s voice, and I wasn’t very impressed. I wasn’t very impressed with the guy’s voice from One Bad Pig either.
Years later, I saw the movie “Walk the Line” about the life of Johnny Cash. I loved the music, but it was Joaquin Phoenix doing all the singing – and at the time I thought that his version of Johnny was better than Johnny himself.
But with some good things, it just takes a bit of time for it to grow on you. For me, that’s been true of mustard, asparagus, broccoli, and Johnny Cash. And in my middle age, not much is finer than those once detested things.
Just last week, a “lost” album from Johnny Cash that was recorded in the 80’s was released. The album is called “Out Among the Stars,” and man, is it good! Vintage Johnny Cash with catchy tunes, classic lyrics, and a few guest singers – including Minnie Pearl! HOWDY!
Here’s one of my favorite songs off the album. It’s called, “If I Told You Who It Was.” Enjoy!