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Unreleased until now: Love is a Gambler (1987)

In 1987 or early 1988, Johnny Cash entered a studio in Hollywood, California and cut several songs for a Peter Bogdanovich comedy called Illegally Yours , which starred Rob Lowe and Colleen Camp.  All songs, including tracks titled "One Wish" and "Lady of Love" remain officially unreleased.  It appears that Cash...
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LIVE In Memphis - W.S. Holland Band

W.S. Holland, Johnny Cash’s only drummer, is an individual who needs no introduction.  There are many stories on how Johnny Cash managed to snatch W.S. Holland from Carl Perkins’ band, though as W.S. “Fluke” Holland explains it, there was really nothing dramatic behind the ordeal--he was ready to retire at the...
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Johnny Cash Museum's Birthday Celebration Review

Note: This review was written not long after attending the 82nd Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration in February of 2014.  It is being published now for those who couldn’t make it out last year, but are going this year, or considering making the trip.   I wrote a review on the Johnny...
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Earl Poole Ball Interview 2015

Earl Poole Ball was gracious enough to sit down with me and discuss his beginnings, his time with Johnny Cash--and a plethora of other music legends--and his latest work, the great Pianography album.  It was a real treat to sit down with country music’s finest piano player for a couple hours...
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Pianography - Earl Poole Ball

Earl Poole Ball’s most recent CD release,  appropriately called Pianography , offers a little bit of everything.  There are studio tracks and live tracks, new songs and old songs, and a healthy mixture of country, blues, rockabilly and genuine honky-tonk.     After officially joining Johnny Cash’s band in 1976, upon...
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Johnny Cash - Favorite Books of the Man in Black

"I'm very shy really.  I spend a lot of time in my room alone, reading or writing or watching television." - Johnny Cash The 700 Club, "An Interview with The Man in Black," 1984     Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter were greedy readers, though many people might not...
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Johnny Cash's Top 10 Songwriters

Johnny Cash had a talent that not all artists possess.  Not only was he talented songwriter (he wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs) but he was also great at taking a song and making it his own.  In this endeavor, Cash was able to defy any genre of music.  He covered...
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Unearthed Sequel Box Set - What To Expect

Johnny Cash worked with Rick Rubin and American Records for the last decade of his life--work began in 1993 and ended with Cash’s passing in September of 2003.  During the final decade of Cash’s career he released work that wasn’t only good--it was some of the most powerful stuff ever recorded...
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Dave Roe Interview 2014

On March 22, 2014, Dave Roe Rorick, Johnny Cash's bass player from 1992 to 2003, was generous enough to give the Johnny Cash Info Center an exclusive interview!  On behalf of myself and the JCI team, we would like to thank Mr. Rorick for his time and participation!   Interview by:...
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Johnny Cash & Pete Seeger

Who were Johnny Cash’s musical friends?  Aside from his wife June, one might think of his fellow Highwaymen, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.  Or maybe his Sun pals Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.  There are also his friends in the rock field, like U2’s Bono and...
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Johnny Cash & Billy Sherrill: Out Among the Stars

When one thinks of Johnny Cash’s producers, more than a few prominent names come to mind.  First, there was Sam Phillips who founded Sun Records and was smart enough to let Cash sing.  Also at Sun Records was the witty “Cowboy” Jack Clement, who wrote songs like “Guess Things Happen That...
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Henry Vaccaro, Sr. Interview 2013

On September 27, 2013, Mr. Henry Vaccaro, Sr., a personal friend of Johny Cash, was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his relationship with The Man in Black for the Johnny Cash Infocenter.  On behalf of myself, and the entire JCI team, thank you Mr. Vaccaro, for taking the...
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A Review of the Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum is unlike any other popular attraction that I’ve seen in Nashville--and I’ve been a tourist in music city three times.  The first two times I traveled to Nashville I went to see all that I could that was Cash-related.  That included the Country Music Hall of Fame...
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The Patriot In Black

Normal 0 21 false false false NL X-NONE X-NONE Patriotism is a word that is hard to define in America.  Is a patriot someone who blindly accepts the customs of his or her country?  Is a patriot a questioner--a revolutionary?  Does a patriot have to be political, or does a patriot...
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Kathy Cash Interview 2013

On January 1st, 2013, I was given the chance to interview Johnny Cash's daughter Kathy Cash-Tittle.  For over an hour she graciously answered my questions and shared some stories about her father.  It was an amazing experience, and I feel like there will be some stories that even the oldest Cash...
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Johnny Western Interview 2012

On April 14, 2012, I had the privilege to interview Mr. Johnny Western, a country singer and songwriter and a living western legend.  Mr. Western generously gave me a part of his day talk about his experiences with Johnny Cash and his own career, specifically for the Johnny Cash Infocenter website....
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