The Johnny Cash ‘Bootleg Series’ is set to continue with another instalment of unreleased tracks.
Johnny Cash is an American icon. The country singer came of age in the Sun Studios, helping to invent the rockabilly sound. Scoring a series of hits, the songwriter was snapped up by major label Columbia.
Becoming an enormous star, the early years in the career of Johnny Cash are a mixture of drug abuse and widespread fame. The demand of touring forced the singer and his band to rely on artificial pick me ups, adding to his outlaw allure.
Sadly passing away in 2002, Johnny Cash left behind him a sprawling discography. ‘The Bootleg Series’ was begun as a means of getting these unreleased recordings into the public domain.
Now onto volume two, the series shows no signs of slowing down. ‘From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2’ was compiled by Gregg Geller and covers almost fifteen years in the iconic singer’s career.
The first disc focuses on his roots at Sun Studios, containing a raft of rare and newly discovered recordings. Moving onto the second disc, the focus shifts onto his fist decade with Columbia.
Many of the tracks were discovered at the House Of Cash estate in Hendersonville, Tennessee and continue to provide an insight into one of the truly iconic figures in American music.
Following hot on the heels of ‘Personal File aka Bootleg Vol.1’ the new disc opens with a 15-minute live broadcast from KWEM in Memphis, recorded in the same month he signed his first recording contract.
Demonstrating the evolution of his songwriting, ‘From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol.2’ is an astonishing insight into the rise of a legend.
‘From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol.2’ is due to be released on March 14th.