Controversy: Johnny Cash vs. Music Row Coming in July

CMT will debut Controversy: Johnny Cash vs. Music Row, featuring interviews with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Skaggs and manager Lou Robin, on July 16. The hour-long special chronicles Cash’s struggle to find a place for his music as country radio playlists were drastically changing and country radio was not playing Cash’s records. In 1986, after a 28-year relationship, Columbia Records unceremoniously dropped Cash from the label. His new union with Mercury Records in 1987 yielded little success. Upon signing with non-Nashville label American Records, Cash ultimately found a compatible label home for his music.