The life and artistry of the Man in Black will be celebrated in Johnny Cash: American Rebel, a CMT original documentary premiering Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. on the 12th anniversary of his death.
The film features exclusive interviews with Johnny Cash‘s family, friends and admirers, including Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, record executive Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, producer Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson and others.
Johnny Cash: American Rebel is built around 12 essential Johnny Cash tracks spanning four decades that each deliver the passion, musicality and messages against war, injustice, racism and prejudice, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” “San Quentin,” “Man in Black,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Ring of Fire” and “Hurt.” Each song illustrates a chapter in his life, as well the story of an ever-changing America from the 1950s to modern day, as told through interviews, archival concert footage, photographs and personal artifacts from the Cash family.
“There were so many different facets to him, such an undefinable depth to his character,” John Carter Cash said. “You could see it in his eyes, and it brought on mystery, and it brought on a need for, perhaps, understanding him in a deeper way and this is part of the appeal of who the man was.”
Derik Murray and Paul Gertz from Network Entertainment are executive producers of the film. Jordan Tappis directs and Derik Murray co-directs. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon executive produce for CMT.
Johnny Cash: American Rebel marks the latest in a series of original documentaries from CMT. The first, Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley’s, premiered to critical acclaim has been seen by more than 9 million viewers. More than 5 viewers tuned in for Morgan Spurlock’s Freedom: The Movie, which premiered last month.