|With the recent surge of media interest leading up to the release of the film Walk The Line, I feel compelled to post a little note on my all-time favorite musician – Mr. Johnny Cash.
My father is a Man In Black aficianado, and he introduced me to the distinctive style and voice of this legend when I was a young boy. I can’t tell you how many times we sat around our living room listening to 1969’s At San Quentin which is in my opinion, one of the greatest live albums ever made. To this day, you will probably find Johnny Cash records, tapes, and CDs in virtually every Aubrecht house and vehicle.
Most entertainers agree that there has never been anyone as pure as Johnny Cash (both on the stage and off). More than just a country star, Johnny was an activist, a poet, an outlaw, a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist, an actor, an author, and most importantly, a Christian. His rise from rags to riches is the personification of the “American Dream” and his legacy will live on forever in both his music and his words.
Over the years, accolades that have honored him don’t even begin to tell the story of his contributions to the 20th Century. In addition to countless country music awards, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1996 he was honored with a Kennedy Center Award, and he has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cash was one of the initial recipients of the Library of Congress Living Legend medal in 2000. In 2002, he was honored at the Americana Awards show with a Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
For more visit his official website at: JohnnyCash.com
(And to add a brief "Civil War" tie-in... who can forget his portrayal of John Brown in the 80's mini-series North & South. One of the few good things from that train-wreck of a movie.)