Johnny Cash’s last CD was released this past week. I’m on my second listen right now.
Overall I love this CD, yet it is completely heartbreaking and brings out every ounce of blues in my heart and makes me teary-eyed.
He recorded this CD after his wife, the love of his life, died. He died just four months later. While he recorded this album, he was confined mostly to a wheelchair and had lost most of his sight. A studio was set up in his bedroom so he could continue to work.
I feel his pain in every breath he takes. You can feel that he is heartbroken. You can sense the sorrow. You can sense that he is ready to die.
He does a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” that turned out quite nice.
I give this album 5/5. Johnny deserves nothing less. This isn’t a album to rock out to in your car, but a great one to listen and weep to when you have the blues.
Rest in peace Johnny.