Johnny Cash – American IV (Epic 2017 #033)

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.

Alabama 3 – Outlaw (Epic 2017 #004)

The Epic 2017 Project #004: 170104

Alabama 3 – Outlaw (2005)


This is the band’s fifth studio album. I bought it soon after its release in 2005 having heard some radio play of the track ‘Hello I’m Johnny Cash’.

The great man was still with us then of course and, whilst I don’t know what he thought of the song, I do know that the title is also that of Mr Cash’s 33rd studio album released in January 1970. So that has to count for something.

Anyways – it remains a great song. So here it is…