FEATURE: The last chapter in Johnny Cash's 'American' series
The last chapter in Johnny Cash's 'American' series
Despite the title -- 'Ain't No Graves' -- it wasn't meant to
be Cash's swan song, producer Rick Rubin says.
By Randy Lewis
February 21, 2010
Producer Rick Rubin took up a seat on a sofa on the patio of his
expansive Malibu home overlooking the Pacific, emanating both
gravity and joy while discussing his extraordinary decade-long
relationship with Johnny Cash.
It was the first full day of sun after yet another round of
thunderstorms had pounded the Southland, a fitting parting of the
clouds on the day Rubin spoke about one of the titans of 20th
century music in the final years of his life.
The final entry in their series of studio albums arrives Tuesday,
"American VI: Ain't No Grave," yet despite the nod to mortality in
the title, an acknowledgment of the closeness of death that runs
through most of the album's 10 songs, Rubin insists that it
wasn't created as Cash's swan song.
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