Saturday, October 22, 2011

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

Johnny Cash's music career would span 6 decades. In my humble opinion Johnny Cash is to music what John Wayne is to movies.

I honestly didn't pay much attention to Johnny Cash growing up. It wasn't until around the time he died his song 'Hurt' was released. It was a strange collaboration in that 'Hurt' was a Nine Inch Nails song that Johnny Cash re did. But Johnny Cash once said that a good song is a good song, no matter who wrote it. Hearing the song and watching the video got me interested in Johnny Cash so I went out and got one of his Greatest hits CD's. For the next month that CD is all I listened to. It started out with Cash's earlier songs like 'Folsom Prison Blues' and followed his career all the way to one of his last songs 'Hurt'.

So a couple years later when the movie 'Walk the Line' came out, I was really looking forward to it. 'Walk the Line' is of course the Johnny Cash biopic movie staring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

Walk the Line DVD cover

Johnny Cash's handprints on the 'Rockwalk'. And my hand. Los Angeles, CA

I first maped out the gravesite of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the Spring of 2009 when planning my trip down to Texas. We were going to stop in the Nashville area to visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage home and James K. Polk's gravesite on the Tennessee State Capital lawn. As it turned out we didn't have time to see it in 2009. But we passed back through the area on our way back from a return trip to Texas in June 2011.

The gravesite of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Hendersonville Memorial Gardens Hendersonville, TN

I was lucky enough to meet a friend on Facebook who lived in the area and met up with us at the cemetery. Without the help of Joshua Reese we may not of been able to find Johnny and June's gravesite. Josh has started a quest to visit the graves of all of the Tennessee Governor's which you can read about here

The gravesite of Johnny Cash

Johnny and June. June Carter and her family where famous stage performers when she met Johnny Cash.

June Carter Cash (1929-2003)

For anyone who may go to Hendersonville to find Johnny and June Carter Cash's grave I hope this picture will be helpful. In the background you can see the funeral home near the enterance.

Johnny, June and me

Johnny Cash was called the 'Man in Black'. Obviously because he usually wore black and one of his song was called 'The Man in Black'. His music isn't easily defined as any particular type. He oftain falls under the category of Country Western but I don't think that accuratly defines his whole career.

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