Monday, May 08, 2006

More new album news: Johnny Cash?!?

Thanks to Andree Farias for bringing this one to my attention. Apparently, a fifth title in Johnny Cash's American Recordings series-- which includes the classic American Recordings disc and three other albums produced by Rick Rubin-- will be released on July 4. CMJ reports that Cash and Rubin began working on the album right after finishing American IV, the last album Cash released before his death:

On the perfectly-fitting date of July 4, American Recordings will release a new Johnny Cash studio album, American V: A Hundred Highways. Leading up to his death on September 12, 2003, the country icon was recording material with producer Rick Rubin. In fact, he began recording the songs that would comprise the album immediately after finishing American IV: The Man Comes Around. In addition to his own songs, contributing songwriters for the album include Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Rod McKuen. Rubin specifically held off releasing this collection until after the press train died down from the movie and commemorative, greatest-hits packages. At press time, there was no word as to whether this is the final release of new material or not.

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