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‘We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash’ Coming to CD and DVD in August

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Legacy Recordings will release ‘We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash’ on CD and DVD on Aug. 7. The all-star concert offers fans a richly diverse tribute to the musical legacy of the legendary Man in Black.

Recorded on April 20, 2012 at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, and featuring a top-notch band directed by Grammy-winning producer Don Was, the concert features a cross-section of musicians from all genres coming together to pay tribute to Johnny Cash, one of the most important musical figures of the last century. From outlaws like Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, to more contemporary country stars like Ronnie Dunn and Jamey Johnson, as well as pop artists like Sheryl Crow and Train front man Pat Monahan, the performance is a virtual “Who’s Who” of contemporary music.

The concert features some interesting pairings, including Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow performing ‘If I Were A Carpenter;’ Monahan and Shelby Lynne trading verses on ‘It Ain’t Me Babe;’ Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson dueting on ‘Sunday Morning Comin’ Down;’ and Kristofferson and Johnson joining Willie Nelson and Shooter Jennings for ‘The Highwayman.’

Solo performances include ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ by Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams’ rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ (which Cash performed on ‘American IV: The Man Comes Back Around,’ his final album), and ‘Long Black Veil’ by Iron & Wine.

The evening concludes with more than two dozen musicians onstage for a group version of ‘I Walk the Line.’

Taste of Country was present at the taping of this once-in-a-lifetime concert event, hosted by Matthew McConaughey. To read our coverage of that unforgettable evening, click here.

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