Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell to Honor Johnny Cash

2012-03-06

Story by Anne Erickson

Diverse lineup of performers to commemorate what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday

Johnny Cash’s music inspired a legacy of performs in all different musical genres and styles, from the obvious (country) to the subtle (hard rock). That said, it should come as no surprise that an extremely diverse lineup of performers have been tapped to help celebrate what would have been the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with a special concert this April.

Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee, Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray LaMontagne, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson are among the artists slated to appear in “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. Tickets for the event are available now.

Although the world lost Cash in 2003 at 71, his legacy and music live on. Famously referred to as “The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash’s songs and style simply transcended genres and generations, making him a well-liked artist by an immense number of music lovers. The feature film, 2005’s “Walk the Line,” starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, sparked a renaissance in his fame among younger people and kids who hadn’t yet been introduced to his music. Cash also famously covered Nine Inch Nails’ rock hit “Hurt” in 2002, and the song is still a regular on rock radio.

Cash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cash would have turned 80 on Feb. 26. What’s your favorite Johnny Cash jam?

 




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