on RollingStone (provided by Delion)
Johnny Cash will release his
fourth Rick Rubin-produced album, American IV:
The Man Comes Around, on November 5th.
The fifteen-track album comes just two years
after American III: Solitary Man.
Again, Cash and Rubin assemble a mix of songs
penned by Cash, traditional material, and some
more contemporary offerings.
Country music past is represented by a cover
of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,"
which features a guest vocal by Nick Cave.
Fiona Apple sings with Cash on Paul Simon's
"Bridge Over Troubled Water,"
and Don Henley guests on his own tune, "Desperado."
Other tunesmiths covered include Trent Reznor
Depeche Mode's Martin
Gore ("Personal Jesus"),
Sting ("I Hung My Head")
and John Lennon and Paul McCartney ("In My Life").
penned four of the songs himself, including
a reprise of his classic "Give My Love to Rose,"
and the new title cut.
"It's a gospel song," Cash sideman Marty Stuart
said of the song. "It is the most strangely
marvelous, wonderful, gothic, mysterious, Christian
thing that only God and Johnny Cash could create
Among the musicians who appear on the record
are Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante, Beck's
guitarist Smokey Hormel, Billy Preston, drummer
Joey Waronker (R.E.M.), Benmont Tench and Mike
Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
and bluegrass/country pickers Randy Scruggs
and Marty Stuart.
Cash and Rubin first began working together
on 1994's American Recordings, a solo acoustic
recording which featured covers of songs by
Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Glenn Danzig
American IV: The Man Comes Around track listing:
The Man Comes Around
Give My Love to Rose
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Hung My Head
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
In My Life
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
The Streets of Laredo
Tear Stained Letter
We'll Meet Again