Tuesday, May 11, 2010

June Carter Cash - Press On (1999, CD)

I'm pretty sure that at one point in my life, if anyone had asked, I would have said--and believed it at the time--that I would never buy a June Carter Cash album. Boy, was I wrong.

I'm five songs into this one and man, it's fantastic. This is real country music. Real pared-down, honest and unpretentious. Much of it so far sounds like it was recorded in one shot with only a few seconds break between songs for her to say a few words about the next song.

Totally recommended.


  1. "This is real country music."

    Yep. The Carter family were doing bluegrass before anyone had even come up with the terms "bluegrass" and "country" music.

  2. I have loved this album for a few years now and I must say that June's "Ring of Fire" is superior to Johnny's-and that is saying a lot as his version is one of my earliest favorites. But the real text of the song never really hit me until I heard June's longing, her passion , her terror, as she described her descent into passion's tempting flames. Wow...

  3. Yes, I am coming to have a stronger and stronger opinion that in order to really understand a song, you need to hear it performed by the person who wrote it.