Country: Johnny Cash Review
in Black Unchained
Hall, 25 April 1997
in Black", Johnny Cash played Kensington's Royal Albert
Hall on the London leg of his "Unchained" European tour. Exclusive LondonNet
Report & Pictures below:
Looking every inch the elder statesman
of the cool, mean and black brigade, Mr Johnny R Cash, sauntered
on stage with his trademark snear/smirk and burst into Folsom
Prison Blues barking:
I was just a small boy my moma told me son: 'Always
be a good boy and don't ever play with guns'. But I shot a man
in Reno just to watch him die"
course the old bird has mellowed somewhat. He's now proud to
be a family man, with wife June Carter (right) and son John Carter
Cash (below left and below right) joining him onstage.
Actually he was always a family
man. Born Arkansas, 1932, the son of a farmer, Johnny was an
early master of the Six-String Guitar. Although he didn't buy
his first guitar until he was eighteen, his mother had taught
him to play at the tender age of three and from four he was tutored
by local family friend, Jesse Barnhill. It was Jesse who introduced
Johnny to the simple poetry of a Gibson flattop.
Just as music brought the old family
together, music now bonds the present too.
The Family Cash show is a combination
of the sentimental, the macabre, the romantic and the cruel.
Johnny Cash as a songwriter
benefits from Johnny Cash as a person having been most places
that matter in life; The South; poverty; recording studios; the
gutter; television, prison; the movies; gaol; The Grand Ole Oprey;
drug addiction; the charts; alcoholism.
The songs old and new reflect this
sometimes tortured, sometimes elated experience. Johnny plays
tracks like I Walk The Line, Southern Accents and I Got Stripes
with a clarity that belies his years. Backed up by a superb band
of Nashville masters, close your eyes and you're lost somewhere
real deep in the heart of Tennessee swimming in the sounds of
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