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Final Cash Recordings to be Released Tuesday

JULY 3, 2006 - Posted at 3:53 p.m. CST


NEW YORK, NY - Diabetes had cost Johnny Cash much of his sight, and he needed a wheelchair.  Losing his wife June was crushing.

Yet, in retrospect, producer Rick Rubin wasn't surprised to hear Cash's plea the day after June died in May 2003.

He needed to work.  He had to work to keep himself going.

Fulfilling Cash's request, Rubin set up a studio in a bedroom of Cash's home in Tennessee, and sent an engineer who was on call for recording for most of the rest of Cash's life.  The music legend from Dyess, Arkansas died four months after his wife died.

Results of some of those sessions are evident with Tuesday's release of "American 5 - A Hundred Highways," the fifth and penultimate in a series of discs made with Rubin that memorably capped Cash's career.

Some say it's the most moving musical rumination on mortality since Warren Zevon's last album before lung cancer killed him.

The release also proceeds this weekend's celebration of Cash's life in Dyess, a three-day event that begins Friday and will feature entertainment from Cash's younger brother, Tommy Cash, and Osceola native and recording artist Buddy Jewell.  More information is available on "Dyess Days" at

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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