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Johnny Cash Tribute TV Special

Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:08 pm

NEW YORK (Billboard) - U2, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the luminaries set to perform at "I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash." The CBS special will air November 16, two days before the theatrical release of the Cash biopic "Walk the Line," starring Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary musician.

Among the other acts set to put their own stamp on Cash's songs are Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley, as well as Shooter Jennings, who portrays his late father, Waylon, in "Walk the Line."

Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon (who portrays June Carter Cash in the 20th Century Fox film) and Dennis Quaid will introduce the performances. The special also will feature clips from "Walk the Line" and video highlights from Cash's storied career.

The film soundtrack is due November 15 via Wind-Up and includes singing by Phoenix and Witherspoon, plus tracks by Jennings, Johnathan Rice, Waylon Payne and Tyler Hilton.

Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:41 pm


Good to hear that a tv special will be on the usa networks for this TRUE gentle man of music.

Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:29 pm

From the short preview clips I've seen, this looks like it's gonna be a fantastic film. From what I gather, J. Phoenix does his own singing in this role.

Mon Oct 24, 2005 7:00 am

Yeah, Phoenix does his own singing. That is the thing that troubles me with music biopics. The reason that Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly or whoever are recognizable is through their great singing abilities.
I truly hate it when the actor or impersonator does the singing. It's bad enough that the actor isn't the one he is portraying (how could he be) but the singing isn't the real singers'. Therefore, to me, it doesn't seem very real or good.
Younger generation people who did not grow up with these artists have no clue sometimes as to why these people were so big.
I just don't like it although I will go see this film out of respect for the man. I'm currently reading "The Man Called Cash" by Steve Turner.

jeff R