I was not the biggest Cash fan growing up. I bristled at anything remotely “country”. Dad was a big fan so I got a solid foundation on the basics. It wasn’t until his later years and his crossover to the rock side of the world that I gained more respect and began to pay more attention to him. I got to meet him once in the Nashville airport. Super nice and down to earth type. Smaller in stature than you’d think.
His cover of Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage solidified me as a fan. Bloody brilliant. One of the best re-tellings of a song of all time. Will try to feature that in a revived version of Friday Night Music Fights (and I think Cash will win).
Friend recently sent me a copy of American VI and though a somber album, it is true genius. Pure Cash.