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Cash on PBS

For all you Johnny Cash fans, Alabama Public Television stations are rerunning his last public performance: All Star Tribute to Johnny Cash will run Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30PM in my neck of the woods. To see if its rerunning in your area, check out PBS. See highlights below:

Highlights of this 1999 concert include June Carter Cash performing "Ring of Fire;" Brooks & Dunn's rendition of "Ghost Riders in the Sky;" "Flesh and Blood," with the evocative harmonies of Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sheryl Crow; and Marty Stuart with gospel a cappella group the Fairfield Four in a stirring version of "Belshazzar." Emmylou Harris joins Dave Matthews on "The Long Black Veil." The program also includes retrospective segments on Johnny Cash's life and career, one of which is presented by his daughter Rosanne. Although Cash looked frail, he was in excellent voice for his first appearance in more than a year and a half, performing "Folsom Prison Blues," and joining the all-star ensemble for "I Walk the Line," commenting on how good it felt to be onstage again. This concert turned out to be Johnny Cash's last public performance. He died in September 2003, four months after his beloved wife June passed away.
Sadly, I didn’t “discover” Cash until The Man Comes Around was released. I heard him interviewed on NPR one afternoon, and was mezmorized by the lyrics of the title song. I am an easy target when it comes to biblical imagery and good poets. So, I was hooked.