Hear Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly and More Sing Johnny Cash’s Poems

Collaborative Album Forever Words: The Unknown Poems Arrives April 6

Rosanne Cash remembers her father Johnny Cash always writing in notebooks. When he passed in 2003, he left an accumulation of original works that were later published for the first time in the 2016 collection, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems.

Cash’s words from the book have been set to music in the new collaborative album Johnny Cash: Forever Words, arriving April 6. Over the course of two years, producers John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz assembled an all-star cast of musicians to contribute performances for the album.

With guitar accompaniment by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson recites “Forever/I Still Miss Someone,” the last poem Cash ever wrote.

Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly sing “To June This Morning,” a letter Cash wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash. In one of his final solo recordings, the late rocker Chris Cornell puts his introspective words in “You Never Knew My Mind” to original music.

Other artists featured on the album include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Jewel, Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp.

“Father was quite a prolific writer and all through his life he wrote poetry,” John Carter says. “There seems to be a beauty within these writings. And it became a focus to put some of these writings to music.

“He had such a diverse creativity. He wrote dirges; he wrote brokenhearted ballads; he wrote triumphant love songs; all of these things were part of who he was, and it comes out in these writings.”

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