Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Johnny Cash Tribute Concert

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From Yahoo! News:

"Stars from across the musical galaxy came together in Nashville to pay tribute to the late Johnny Cash. The legendary 'Man In Black,' who died of complications from diabetes on September 12 at the age of 71, was remembered in word and song by stars including Hank Williams Jr., George Jones, Brooks & Dunn, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin, Travis Tritt, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, and even former Vice President Al Gore.

Steve Earle, who sang "Folsom Prison Blues," recalled that Cash came to Nashville as an outsider who broke conventions by writing his own songs and speaking his mind. "He did things exactly the way he wanted to do them and stuck to his guns, and proved that that can be done and be done successfully," Earle said.

From washingtonpost.com Down-Home Tribute to Johnny Cash :

"Sheryl Crow's version of "Hurt," the Trent Reznor song that became Cash's swan song, was chilling in a good way, and Kid Rock was on the money with his "What Is Truth." But poor George Jones fumbled his verse with the regrouped Highwaymen (with Nelson, Kristofferson and Hank Jr.), looking lost on stage while the other members jumped in to cover for him."

"And when it was clear that the grand finale had arrived, most everyone assumed they'd be hearing 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken,' but son John Carter Cash led everyone (including dozens of Cash family members called up on stage) in a sunny version of 'We'll Meet Again.' It was the perfect ending to a long but heartwarming evening."


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