This past February 26, it was Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday, and three days before that, his final record before he passed, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, was released from Rick Rubin’s American Recordings record label. It was the sixth record from Rubin’s label and we’re here to highlight Cash’s top five songs from the American Recordings record label.
#5, “Tennessee Stud”: Comes from his first album off American Recordings, American Recordings. The track creates an awesome imagery of the wild west, where times were simple and any problem you had could easily be solved with a little whiskey and an old fashioned fist fight.
#4, “Solitary Man”: “Solitary Man” is off the third edition of the American Recordings, American III: Solitary Man. As the title of the song would suggest, it’s about a lot of solitude and wishing for love and nearly giving up on it. This track will certainly speak to your heart, we’ve all been on that ‘ledge’ before.
#3, “Sea of Heartbreak”: This Cash song is from the second album off Rubin’s label, Unchained. This piece is about lost love, being a little confused about how or why it happened. The loyal kind of love, where he just wants you, no matter how much it hurts.
#2, “I’ve Been Everywhere”: This track is off the same album as “Sea of Heartbreak.” This song is the epitome of road trip music, after the first 50 seconds in, it just breaks down in to name dropping. Lyrically it’s not great but it’s still intoxicating.
The best song off of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings is actually a cover song, but some how he managed to make it his own…