Johnny Cash Poems Set to New Music by Chris Cornell, Willie Nelson on ‘Forever Words’ Album

“Forever Words,” an album setting previously unrecorded lyrics and poems by Johnny Cash to new music written from the late Chris Cornell, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and others, will be released on Legacy Recordings on April 6. The album includes contributions from longtime Cash friends like Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, family members such as his daughter Rosanne and step-daughter Carline Carter, and acolytes and collaborators including Cornell, Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett, as well as country stars Krauss, Brad Paisley and Kacey Musgraves (the full track list appears below).

According to a press release, when Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash died within months of each other in 2003, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and the album’s co-producer, describes as a “monstrous amassment” of items that included handwritten letters, poems and documents by the elder Cash spanning decades. Over the past two years Carter Cash and co-producer Steve Berkowitz invited a cast of musicians to create new music to accompany the writings. The album is described as the “musical companion” to the book “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a volume of Cash’s unpublished writing.

“Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart,” said John Carter Cash. “I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”

Johnny Cash: Forever Words tracklist:

Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson

To June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves

Gold All Over the Ground – Brad Paisley

You Never Knew My Mind – Chris Cornell

The Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union Station

Jellico Coal Man – T. Bone Burnett

The Walking Wounded – Rosanne Cash

Them Double Blues – John Mellencamp

Body on Body – Jewel

I’ll Still Love You – Elvis Costello

June’s Sundown – Carlene Carter

He Bore It All – Daily and Vincent

Chinky Pin Hill – I’m With Her

Goin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun

What Would I Dreamer Do? – The Jayhawks

Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson

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