Johnny Cash “Bitter Years” Tribute

Read about the Johnny Cash “Bitter Tears’ Tribute Album

 

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Look Again To The Wind

Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

 

In 1964 Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a socially conscious album that called attention to the plight of Native Americans, while also honoring their history and heritage.

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Now fifty years later comes Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, which features new recordings by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch, Norman and Nancy Blake, as well as the Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens and Steve Earle (see the full artist and track list below).  Produced by Joe Henry, the tribute album is set for release August 19.

“Prior to Bitter Tears, the conversation about Native American rights had not really been had,” Henry said in a press release, “and at a very significant moment in his trajectory, Johnny Cash was willing to draw a line and insist that this be considered a human rights issue, alongside the civil rights issue that was coming to fruition in 1964.  But he also felt that the record had never been heard, so there’s a real sense that we’re being asked to carry it forward.”

 

Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited track list:

1: “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow” (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)

2: “Apache Tears” (Emmylou Harris w/the Milk Carton Kids)

3: “Custer” (Steve Earle w/the Milk Carton Kids)

4: “The Talking Leaves” (Nancy Blake w/Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

5: “The Ballad of Ira Hayes” (Kris Kristofferson w/Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

6: “Drums” (Norman Blake w/Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

7: “Apache Tears (Reprise)” (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

8: “White Girl” (Milk Carton Kids)

9: “The Vanishing Race” (Rhiannon Giddens)

10: “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (Reprise)” (Nancy Blake, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

11: “Look Again to the Wind” (Bill Miller)

 

More information at Twang Nation.

 

Read about the Johnny Cash “Bitter Tears’ Tribute Album

 

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