CMT will become Cash Music Television for an unprecedented weeklong celebration of Johnny Cashs enduring legacy. Hosted by Kid Rock, the tribute begins Tuesday (Sept. 8) and coincides with the 12th anniversary of the Man in Black’s passing,
The celebration will culminate with the Sept. 12 premiere of Johnny Cash: American Rebel, an original documentary told through the unique perspective of his greatest songs.
CMT’s Johnny Cash Week programming and specials will also include Walk the Line, the Oscar-winning film mirroring Cash’s life, back-to-back throwback videos, the ultimate country artist countdown and a Johnny Cash-inspired all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown.
“This weeklong tribute will both remind long-time fans as well as introduce new fans to the brilliance and artistry that made Cash one of the most influential music artists in American history,” said CMT president Brian Philips
CMT’s Johnny Cash Week highlights include:
Walk the Line
Airing Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 9 p.m. and midnight ET/PT, the celebration begins off with a limited commercial screening of the iconic biographical film of Cash’s life that won Reese Witherspoon an Oscar for her role as Cash’s longtime love, June Carter Cash. The film will also fuel the weekend festivities on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. ET/PT and Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. ET/PT.
“Throwback Thursday” Video Block: Cash Edition
Cash, who over his five decades of musical brilliance released almost 100 albums, created some of the most iconic songs to reach country music audiences. CMT will allow viewers to relive his greatest music videos and videos from artists he has inspired when the “Throwback Thursday” video block begins Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. ET/PT.
CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice
When you ask almost any current artist about their biggest musical influences include, Johnny Cash usually makes the list. Find out where Cash lands on this exclusive CMT list of the all-time greats, chosen by today’s biggest country stars. The special airs Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
CMT Hot 20 Countdown
Airing Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Kid Rock will join Cody Alan and Katie Cook for the first-ever completely artist-themed CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Expect candid interviews, behind-the-scenes looks and sneak peeks of Johnny Cash: American Rebel when the hosts explain how Cash remains the coolest figure in the history of country music.
Johnny Cash: American Rebel
Throughout the day on Sept. 12, CMT will encourage viewers to engage on social media about their favorite Cash moments and memories, and the excitement culminates when Johnny Cash: American Rebel that evening at 9 p.m. ET and encores at 11 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 1 and 7 a.m. ET/PT and noon, 5 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
The film is captured through the unique perspective of his greatest songs, and combines original interviews with his friends and family featuring Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, record executive Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, , producer Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson and others.