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Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

  • 1. Train of Love - Laurie Lewis
    2. Hey Porter - The DiMaggio Brothers
    3. Home of the Blues - Schankman Twins
    4. Big River - Brantley Kearns
    5. I Got Stripes - Phil Lee
    6. Tennessee Flat Top Box - The Cod Express
    7. 40 Shades of Green - Faye Pierce
    8. Jackson - ADZ
    9. One Piece at a Time - Wayne Kramer
    10. Don't Take Your Guns to Town - Lone Prairie
    11. Ballad of Ira Hayes - Russell Means/Simon Stokes
    12. You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven - Col. Jim Silvers
    13. Folsom Prison Blues - Soda & His Million Piece Band (bonus track)
    14. Ring of Fire - Soda & His Million Piece Band
    15. Get Rhythm - Harry Fontana (bonus track)
    16. Wide Open Road - Carey Kolsionis (bonus tracks)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8997

  • Credits
    ProducerHolly Tashian; Laurie Lewis; Richard Bennett; Russell Means; Simon Stokes; Wayne Kramer; Barry Tashian; Mark Thornton; Jeff Servais; Bruce Duff; Bucky Baxter
    EngineerRussell Cook; Andrew Bush; Mark Thornton; Jeff Servais; Mark Greene

    Personnel: Marco Di Maggio, Laurie Lewis (vocals, guitar); Brantley Kearns (vocals, fiddle); Harry Fontana, Faye Pierce, Carey Kotsionis, Tony Reflex (vocals); Kenny Blackwell (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Mark Thornton (guitar, gut-string guitar); Richard Bennett (guitar, bouzouki); Steve Wilkerson & Andrea Baker, George Paras, Kirk Mosher, Brian Wright (guitar); Bucky Baxter (electric guitar, background vocals); Ben Loory, Tom Rozum (mandolin); Darol Anger (violin); Ed Neff (fiddle); Jon Wahl (harmonica); Carolyn Cirimele (accordion); Jim Hoke (saxophone, piano); Todd Phillips (acoustic bass); Kevin Lacey (double bass); Dave Harder, Dennis Crouch (upright bass); Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Ken Coomer, Mat Young, Billie Lee Lewis, Mike Furkins (drums); Holly Tashian, Barry Tashian (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Tom Size; Laurie Lewis; Mark Thornton; Jeff Servais; Mark Greene.
    Audio Remasterer: Paul DuGre.
    Recording information: Grandma's Warehouse (08/21/2005); Jack's Tracks, Nashville, TN (08/21/2005); Red Rooster Sudios (08/21/2005); Saddlesong Studios, Los Gatos, CA (08/21/2005); Sidekick Studios (08/21/2005); Studio 9, Hollywood, CA (08/21/2005); Tamtam Studios, Florence, Italy (08/21/2005); The Green Room, Los Angeles, CA (08/21/2005); The Tone Chaparral, Nashville, TN (08/21/2005); Three Trees Studio, Whites Creek, TN (08/21/2005); Westbeach Records, Hollywood, CA (08/21/2005).
    Arrangers: Richard Bennett ; Wayne Kramer .
    Country legend Johnny Cash made over 1,500 recordings in his lifetime (48 of which hit Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart) and his death in 2003 left a void that seems impossible to fill. Numerous tribute collections have appeared since his death, including this one in 2005 from CMH Records, and the reimaginings here of some of his trademark songs range from reverent to radical. The set opens with Laurie Lewis' fiddle-led version of "Train of Love," followed by a bustling take on "Hey Porter" by the DiMaggio Brothers, and things brighten considerably with Cod Express' instrumental "Tennessee Flat Top Box," which features guitars galore. Former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer's mechanized, slightly spooky "One Piece at a Time" shifts the emphasis in the song from humor to retribution, and is a showstopper here, as are two eerie, atmospheric covers by Soda and His Million Piece Band, "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire," both of which focus on the desperation inherent at each song's center. Former AIM president Russell Means' spoken word "Ballad of Ira Hayes" is also memorable, more because of the choice of artist to song than for any other reason. In the end, Train of Love underscores just how much of a cultural chimera Cash really was, recording music that -- while cached as country -- transcended genres on its way to establishing a kind of pure Americana. ~ Steve Leggett

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