Johnny Cash's Last Songs Appear on America V

Published: 2006-05-08
The last songs written by country and rock music legend Johnny Cash will appear on his upcoming album America V: A Hundred Highways.

After rising to success with his outlaw country image in the 1950's and 60's, and tunes like "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," and "Folsom Prison Blues," Cash's career waned in subsequent years before experiencing a resurgence in the 1990's with his American recordings. The most popular was 2002's American IV: The Man Comes Around, which included the hit single "Hurt," a cover version of the Nine Inch Nails track.

American V includes the final recordings that Cash made before his passing in 2003. Consisting mostly of covers, the album includes tunes like Bruce Springsteen's "Further On (Up the Road)" and Hank Williams' "On the Evening Train."

The album also includes two original songs by the man in black, "I Came to Believe" and "Like the 309" which was the last song he ever wrote.

Cash recorded the album while living with the grief of losing his wife June Carter Cash in 2003. According to Reuters, the album's producer Rick Ruben said "Johnny said that recording was the main reason for being alive and I think it was the only think that kept him going." Cash passed away only a few months after his wife's death. The couple's love story was chronicled in the recent film Walk the Line.

American V appropriately hits stores on the Fourth of July.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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