Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Johnny Cash Live

Johnny Cash, who passed away 10 years ago this past Thursday, performed "Ring of Fire" at the Montreux Festival, Switzerland, in 1984. Jon Pareles, New York Times music critic, wrote in 1994 that in Cash's songs, "characters face unforgiving elements and indifferent fate; their faith and virtue will not necessarily be rewarded in this world. Even love songs, like 'I Walk the Line' and 'Ring of Fire,' are about the dangers of temptation and the singer's stubborn resolve in fighting it off."


Michael J. Mand said...

Despite possessing a gravelly voice without great range, Cash's music reached a crossover audience through its "blue collar" inclination. As you pointed out on my page, any version without the mariachi band sound is an improvement over the single. BTW, Cowboy Jack Clement, who passed away a few weeks ago, was reportedly responsible for adding that sound as is credited for turing ROF into a hit.

Jeff Tone said...

The page in reference is the St. James Infirmary music show, which I highly recommend.