Johnny Cash tribute album details revealed

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Johnny Cash’s 1964 album, Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, has been re-recorded by a slew of contemporary musicians to mark it’s 50th anniversary.

Artists including Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris are all involved, reworking songs that were originally intended to highlight the mistreatment of Native Americans at the hands of settlers.

The new version of the album, titled Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, will be released by Sony Music Masterworks on the 19th of August.

“Prior to Bitter Tears, the conversation about Native American rights had not really been had,” says Joe Henry, Look Again’s producer. “At a very significant moment in his trajectory, Johnny Cash was willing to draw a line and insist that this be considered a human rights issue, alongside the civil rights issue that was coming to fruition in 1964. But he also felt that the record had never been heard, so there’s a real sense that we’re being asked to carry it forward.”

The full tracklisting for the album is as follows:

“As Long As The Grass Shall Grow” (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
“Apache Tears” (Emmylou Harris w/the Milk Carton Kids)
“Custer” (Steve Earle w/the Milk Carton Kids)
“The Talking Leaves” (Nancy Blake w/Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (Kris Kristofferson w/Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Drums” (Norman Blake w/Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Apache Tears (Reprise)” (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“White Girl” (Milk Carton Kids)
“The Vanishing Race” (Rhiannon Giddens)
“As Long As The Grass Shall Grow (Reprise)” (Nancy Blake, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Look Again To The Wind” (Bill Miller)

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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe pays tribute to Tommy Ramone

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Randy Blythe, frontman with US metal band Lamb Of God, has paid tribute to Tommy Ramone following the drummer’s death from cancer last week.

The last surviving member of the original Ramones lineup, Tommy Ramone died from cancer at the age of 65.

Blythe hailed him as “helping to create the music that changed and saved my life.”

Writing a statement via his Instagram account, Blythe continued: “The importance of the Ramones in the history of underground music cannot be overstated — before the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Black Flag and way before any speed/thrash metal band, The Ramones were blowing minds with loud, fast, aggressive music.

“Although to the calloused ears of modern youth who have grown up listening to crust punk/grind core/speed and thrash metal/and even some of the more aggressive music on commercial radio, The Ramones might sound like fast pop, at the time they started playing out in New York City at CBGB/Max’s Kansas City (1974), they were something that had never ever been seen or heard before.

“The first time my band played CBGB, I was completely emotionally overwhelmed. ‘Man, the feeaking Ramones started out here!’ I thought as I stood on stage. I almost started crying. Without that band, the tempo of underground music would have never reached the speed that it has today. “No Ramones = no Lamb Of God, or any of the other music most fans of my band listen to.

“Rest in peace, bro.”

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Phil Anselmo open to collaborating with Zakk Wylde on Dimebag tribute

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Phil Anselmo has said that he would definitely be open to collaborating with Zakk Wylde on a tribute to Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

It follows Wylde’s comments last year that he would like to fill in for Dimebag in a Pantera reunion in order to honour his friend.

Speaking to Artisan News, Anselmo said: ““If Zakk and I ever collaborated, if we wanted to write an homage to Dimebag together, that would be one thing and I would definitely be up for that. But not for his death, I would prefer to write a song that celebrated his life.

“I don’t think there’s any tribute in his death. I find it to be a more morose time of year for me.”

Dimebag was shot and killed while onstage with his band, Damageplan, in Columbus, Ohio, in December 2004.

Zakk Wylde’s band, Black Label Society, and Phil Anelmo’s band, Down, are currently on tour together in the USA. Anselmo joined Wylde on stage last week to sing a cover version of Pantera’s “I’m Broken”, from 1994’s Far Beyond Driven album.

Far Beyond Driven was recently remastered and re-released to coincide with it’s 20th anniversary.

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Tribute paid to SVIIB frontman

Ben Curtis SVIIBInterpol’s Paul Banks has been paying tribute to School of Seven Bells frontman Benjamin Curtis (pictured).

Curtis was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in February 2013 and passed away on December 29th at the age of 35.

Writing in the new edition of NME, Banks remembers Curtis as someone “who was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight”.

“There was a fire inside him that came through as a powerful charisma on or off stage. He was special. I used to refer to him as ‘Mr Mojo’, to portray what I felt was his indelible magnetism.”

Banks adds that Curtis leaves “an incredible legacy. He will always be an inspiration for me and anyone else who was blessed to spend time with him, see him perform, or hear his music. In all of his endeavors he brought a signature presence – style, poise and fury.”