The Epic 2017 Project #033: 170202
Johnny Cash – American IV (2002)
The man in black’s 87th studio album! Released in 2002, it is the fourth in Cash’s “American” series of albums. The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song “Personal Jesus” (featured here), Rubin asked then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore’s (Depeche Mode), which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style.