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Johnny Cash “American VI: Ain’t No Grave”

Nearly seven years after the death of acclaimed musician Johnny Cash, the last of the vaults has been emptied with “American VI: Ain’t No Grave”

The 10 recordings are the starkest and most barren of Cash’s and producer Rick Rubin’s “American Recordings,” which were taped just months before Cash died.

Cash’s signature voice resonates against his acoustic guitar throughout the album. Unlike previous American recordings where Cash covered Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, this collection includes covers such as Bob Nolan’s Cool Water and Sheryl Crow’s Redemption Day.

The album is thick with reflection and insights of a man clearly cognizant of his final days.

The title track is perhaps the most poignant as Cash croons “There ain’t no grave can hold my body down” against the sound of dragging chains.

On a version of Tom Paxton’s Wonder Where I’m Bound Cash muses about where he is headed. Cash sings “At last I am free I don’t hurt anymore,” on Hank Snow’s I Don’t Hurt Anymore.

One of the standout tracks is a reading of I Corinthians 15:55, which speaks for itself.

Starker, darker and an ultimately an appropriate end to the American sessions, it can still be hard to say goodbye to Cash – again.


1. Ain’t No Grave
2. Redemption Day
3. For The Good Times
4. I Corinthians 15:55
5. Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound
6. Satisfied Mind
7. I Don’t Hurt Anymore
8. Cool Water
9. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
10. Aloha Oe


Written by David Young

February 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Album Review, Music

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  1. I love reading your blog, keep up the good work!


    May 14, 2010 at 6:53 am

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