Watch Chris Cornell, Willie Nelson, More in Trailer for Johnny Cash's New Album

‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ is set for an April release

February 9, 2018
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The name Johnny Cash is synonymous with “legend.” What do you do when presented with newly found written work from a legend? Turn those poems into songs for the upcoming album, Johnny Cash: Forever Words.

After Cash’s children John and Roseanne Cash found a “monstrous assessment” of their father’s written material, John worked with producer Steve Berkowitz to put the words to music. When selecting artists to contribute to the album, John said he chose those with a personal story and connection to his late father

Chris Cornell recorded one of those songs before his untimely death. And, as Pitchfork points out, the roles were reversed in the '90s, when Cash covered “Rusty Cage,” one of Cornell’s Soundgarden songs, on his 1996 album, Unchained

In addition to Cornell, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and more recorded music for Forever Words. See the full track listing and a trailer for the album below!

The album is expected to drop April 6, but you can preorder it here.

Johnny Cash: Forever Words track listing:

1. Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
3. Gold All Over the Ground – Brad Paisley
4. You Never Knew My Mind – Chris Cornell
5. The Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Jellico Coal Man – T. Bone Burnett
7. The Walking Wounded – Rosanne Cash
8. Them Double Blues – John Mellencamp
9. Body on Body – Jewel
10. I’ll Still Love You – Elvis Costello
11. June’s Sundown – Carlene Carter
12. He Bore It All – Daily and Vincent
13. Chinky Pin Hill – I’m With Her
14. Goin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
15. What Would I Dreamer Do? – The Jayhawks
16. Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson