Sweet Static

Yes, another mp3 blog. Trying to share what I like with the world. The music here is for sampling only and are up for a limited time. It's simple really you see. If you like the music then go out and support the artists. Buy a cd/mp3/eight track, make a request on radio, see them live, tell others about it. This way this wonderful medium hopefully won't be stomped on.

Location: Windsor, Ont, Canada

Sweet Static is an mp3 blog that allows me to share the music I love and also to point out other cool things around the internet that catch my attention. It is also a place where I can talk about my radio show by the same name, now on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on CJAM 91.5 FM in Windsor, Ontario. Got something I should hear? Email me at sweetstatic @ gmail.com. All comments left here are emailed to my inbox, so you can get a hold of me that way also. You can also follow the show/me on twitter at sweetstaticcjam.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Johnny Cash-American V and Sweet Static update

Just got an email with the press release for what should be the last music of new music from Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways, out July 5. Here is all the info...

LOS ANGELES, CA -- MONDAY, May 1, 2006 -- In the months leading up to
his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new
material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, "American V: A
Hundred Highways," the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions,
will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway.
It will include the last song Cash ever wrote.

The songs that comprise "American V: A Hundred Highways" are as
eclectic an assortment as any on the previous albums in the American series:
"Help Me," a poignant plea to God, the hauntingly beautiful ballad "If
You Could Read My Mind," "God's Gonna Cut You Down," a traditional
spiritual, the touching "Love's Been Good To Me," the heartrending "On The
Evening Train," and "Further On (Up the Road)" are among the tracks on
the new album. Songwriters for the tracks run the gamut from Hank
Williams to Rod McKuen to Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, two original Cash compositions are featured, "Like the
309" and "I Came to Believe." "Like the 309" is the last song Cash wrote
and, like his first recorded single, 1955's "Hey Porter," is a song
that incorporates one of his favorite settings, trains: "Everybody take a
look/See I'm doin' fine/Then load my box/On the 309." "I Came to
Believe" is a song he wrote and originally recorded earlier in his career,
and addresses the pain of addiction and connecting to a higher power.

"I think that 'American V' may be my favorite of all of the albums in
the American series," said Rubin. "It's different from the others, it
has a much different character. I think that this is as strong an album
as Johnny ever made."

The months following the May, 2004 passing of his wife June Carter
Cash, were among the most physically and emotionally painful times in
Cash's life, but keeping focused on the recording of "American V: A Hundred
Highways" proved to be his salvation. Rubin remembers, "Johnny said
that recording was his main reason for being alive, and I think it was
the only thing that kept him going, the only thing he had to look forward

Cash and Rubin began recording the songs that would find their way onto
"American V: A Hundred Highways" in 2002, specifically on the day
after they finished "American IV: The Man Comes Around" which was released
that November. Johnny feared that "American IV" might be his last
release, so Rubin suggested that he immediately begin writing and recording
new material. Over the next eight months, songs were cut at Rubin's
Los Angeles studio and in Nashville at Johnny's main home and at his
fabled cabin located across the road. Due to Cash's frail health, Rubin
arranged for an engineer and guitar players to always be on call for the
days that Cash felt strong enough to work.

"He always wanted to work," said Rubin. "Every morning when he'd wake
up, he would call the engineer and tell him if he was physically up to
working that day. Our main concern was to get a great vocal
performance. Johnny would record a song, send it to me and I would build a new
track up under it. In the past, at the end of this process, he'd come
to L.A. And we'd go through everything together, he would re-record any
vocal bits that needed re-recording. But this time, we didn't have
that opportunity."

Last year, Rubin began going through these final recordings. He
admitted, "I kind of dreaded doing it, after Johnny passed, going back and
listening to it...it was difficult.

"With all of the albums Johnny and I made together, our goal was for
each one to be the best it could possibly be, and that remained the case
with 'American V,'" Rick explained. Eventually, Cash's long-time
engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitars) and
Benmont Tench (keyboards), and Smokey Hormel (guitars), all of whom had
worked on previous albums in the American series, along with Matt
Sweeney (guitars) and Johnny Polonsky (guitars) went into the studio.

"We felt Johnny's presence during the whole process through to the
end," said Rubin. "It felt like he was directing the proceedings, and I
know that the musicians all felt that as well. Almost all of the songs
were cut solely to Johnny's original vocal tracks, the musicians all
keyed off his voice and were playing to him, supporting the emotion of his
performance. More than once, Fergie and I would look at each other and
say 'Johnny would love this,' because it was so good and so different
from anything we'd done before, we knew he would be excited by what was

It was decided to wait to release "American V: A Hundred Highways"
until the recent Cash hubbub had run its course. What separates this
album from the re-packages, compilations, movie soundtracks and everything
else that has surfaced since Johnny's passing is, according to Rubin,
"These songs are Johnny's final statement. They are the truest
reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the
music that Johnny wanted us to hear."

-Crazy last few days for me. No internet at home so hard to do much updating. Going to get a couple of more posts up now since I'm out and online. Just thought I'd start with this. Hopefully back up to speed in a couple of days.


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