Jason Michael Carroll Leaves Record Label; Dove Awards Nominees Announced; Johnny Bush Celebrates 75 Years

Brody Vercher | February 19th, 2010

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  1. Steve M.
    February 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I think that American culture has become so obsessed with youth, that we (as a people) are uncomfortable dealing with aging and dying. To me, the fact that Johnny Cash knew he was probably dying and wanted to spend his remaining time recording, adds a special poignancy to these last recordings. I find myself finding more depth and being moved by that weak yet still undeniable Johnny Cash voice singing about death then I do from teenager singing about puppy love.

  2. Stormy
    February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    However you package the albums, these songs are the very last thing that Johnny Cash ever recorded. They don’t “represent” his last recorded work ever, they ARE his last recorded work ever. Or at least until Heaven gets a studio and access to sell things on I Tunes.

  3. Jon
    February 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I find myself finding more depth and being moved by that weak yet still undeniable Johnny Cash voice singing about death then I do from teenager singing about puppy love.

    Are those the only two choices you see available?

    Good thing about the interview is that it clarifies for those who might need it the fact that the American Recordings series is built more around Rubin’s notion of Cash than around Cash himself.

  4. Brady Vercher
    February 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Flippo raises a valid point about whether or not American VI would be considered noteworthy without context, but not many artists really get to release a complete snapshot of their career as their final record (or any record for that matter). We may be in love with the idea of a swan song and reach at times to pretend something is when it ain’t, but it shouldn’t be a detriment when that’s the case. I just don’t see how this could do a genuine disservice to Cash’s memory and legacy.

  5. Kelly
    February 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I have no problems allowing that the context of certain albums enhance the overall expereince for me, especially if there is a profound historical context surrounding the work, as is the case here.

  6. sam (sam)
    February 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I bought the first three of the American Recordings series. I enjoyed the first two but got bored with the third one and then lost interest in buying anymore. Cash’s voice was very weak by the end, and 3 albums of that was enough for me. For me the “American Recordings” series was like a sitcom in which each episode is slightly different but basically the same joke. Its nice for a while, but it wore thin quickly.

    I also realized that I was buying the CDs not because I really liked them but because Cash was getting good reviews. I was buying them I guess because I thought I was supposed to like them rather than because I actually liked them.

    I mostly listen to music when I’m driving in my car or working out (I listen to my ipod). The Cash recordings were at times haunting but ultimately probably not so compatible with the way I use music in my life. It wasn’t something I wanted to hear when on the treadmill or in the car.

  7. sam (sam)
    February 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I hear all the time that some country acts are “manufactured talents” and really just the product of “record label execs.”

    I just read a reuters article saying of the American Recordings series albums “The albums also depicted Cash in a Gothic, dark fashion, perhaps most notably with his grim remake of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” and the accompanying Grammy-winning video. Cash’s friends said this was not a true representation of his fun personality.

    Rubin pleads guilty as charged, saying he wanted to perpetuate Cash’s image as the stern “Man in Black” who saves mankind, rather than as the goofball behind “A Boy Named Sue” and “Everybody Loves a Nut.”

    “I really thought of him more as a mythological figure than as the flesh-and-blood funny guy,” Rubin said.

    — In light of that I wonder if people will criticize Cash’s last works as being manufactured works, possibly relying more on image and marketing than on actual singing ability, or on Cash’s true personality. Or will Cash escape that criticism.

  8. t.scott
    February 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    No deep meaning here.He made music.It will sell.His family makes money.The producer and record company make money.

  9. Troy
    February 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Simon Cowell wants to find someone like Taylor Swift this season of American Idol. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a204167/cowell-would-love-to-find-next-swift.html

  10. Stormy
    February 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Brady: But Johnny Cash is not exactly an obscure artist who needs a retrospective of his career released for people to know about it. His songs are not only widely available, but have even permiated popular culture.

  11. Stormy
    February 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Troy: Uh-oh. Poor guy has a whole stable full of creative girls who can sing. He’s kinda screwed on that one.

  12. PaulaW
    February 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Simon Cowell wants to find someone like Taylor Swift this season of American Idol

    Good grief! Isn’t one enough??

  13. Paul W Dennis
    February 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Happy 75th to the “Country Caruso” Johnny Bush.

    I saw Johnny about three years ago and he still sang better than about 75% of the male voices you hear on the radio today. During his prime years (1968-1974) before he was stricken with Spastic Dysphonia he was really something as his recordings on Stop and RCA can readily demonstrate

  14. Michelle
    February 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This is one of the few times I’ve agreed with Stormy, but that was awesome! Let me bust out a drink and say, “Cheers!” I hope a coke is okay, because it’s a little early to bust out the hard stuff!LOL

  15. Mayor JoBob
    February 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Ain’t that just like Arista to dump an artist who’s not racking up the hits.

  16. Chris N.
    February 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Somehow “We’re moving on without you” sounds even worse than just coming out and saying “We’re dropping you.”

  17. Leeann Ward
    February 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Ditto to Kelly.

  18. Razor X
    February 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Somehow “We’re moving on without you” sounds even worse than just coming out and saying “We’re dropping you.”

    It sort of negates the statement that immediately precedes it — “Arista and I have decided …”, doesn’t it?

  19. Jeremy Dylan
    February 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    In light of that I wonder if people will criticize Cash’s last works as being manufactured works, possibly relying more on image and marketing than on actual singing ability, or on Cash’s true personality. Or will Cash escape that criticism.

    I don’t think so. The key here is that image they wanted to present was:
    a) Not really manufactured, just concentrating on a particular element of Cash’s artistic personality rather than giving a more balanced overview.
    b) The marketing and the music are perfectly aligned. A decision was made to present Cash in a particular way, and the song choice and production choices were in line with this. It’s no more ‘manufactured’ than, say, Reba’s Duets album. A decision was made for McIntire to record a series of duets and the album was marketed as being a duets album. The decision here was made for Cash to record a series of songs that put the spotlight on the gravity and import of his vocals, and the marketing was in line with that.
    I don’t think anyone’s been sold a bridge here.

  20. Steve Harvey
    February 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this Court Yard Hounds record.

  21. stormy
    February 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I am looking forward to The Courtyard Hounds cd, but I have a cd collection that contains not only Sheryl, Sarah and Alanis, but more minor Lilith artists like Billie Myers, Paula Cole and Beth Hart ( the best woman making rock in the 1990’s), so it seems as though it will fall directly into my wheelhouse.

  22. stormy
    February 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    PaulaW
    February 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm Permalink Simon Cowell wants to find someone like Taylor Swift this season of American Idol

    Good grief! Isn’t one enough??

    Its kind of sad if you watch Idol.
    Janell Wheeler singing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGE0irvLxUU

    Janell Wheeler singing Taylor Swift:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIq5txH7338

    Taylor even manages to ruin the vocals of songs she’s not singing on.

  23. Dr. No
    February 20, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Music Lover,

    So you “can’t stand mean people” yet you tell us to “get a life?”

    As far as Taylor goes, if she’s in a business that requires singing, she better know how to sing. But she doesn’t. Fraud.

  24. Nicolas
    February 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    JMC says he’s going back into the studio in March to make his third album

  25. Steve M.
    February 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Wouldn’t he need a record deal for that? One he no longer has?

  26. Nicolas
    February 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    He’s probably working on this project himself until he gets another record deal

  27. Jon
    February 20, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Wouldn’t he need a record deal for that? One he no longer has?

    Wow.

  28. BRETT ROBERTS
    February 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    if you talk bad about american recordings there beautiful recordings that reflect a little bit of cash and a little of rubin and to say hes singing about death there’s very few cash albums that he does’nt sing about death he said his career was love god & murder yes there his very last recordings and thats the kind of cool thing that he would have loved

  29. stormy
    February 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    What if you don’t talk bad about them?

  30. Zach
    February 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Ain’t that just like Arista to dump an artist who’s not racking up the hits.

    Lowest charting single peaked at #21. Other four broke or neared top 10. The new album didn’t sell as well as hoped, but the singles performed relatively well.

  31. Michelle
    February 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I love the JMC song Livin’ Our love Song! I wish I could live a love song with HIM!

  32. Steve Harvey
    February 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Is Jason Michael Carroll the one who looks like Sarah Jessica Parker?

  33. Michelle
    February 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Uh, trust me, he doesn’t look nothing like a witch! He is super hoooooooooooooooooooooot!

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