Cash was one of those performers who transcend genre. Don’t care for most country, but Cash, I love.
He never got the respect he was due from the more ‘mainstream’ country establishment. There are probably more Rockers who list him as an influence than today’s country singers…
Of course, now that he’s passed on, Nashville isn’t quite so scared of him.
For my money, his ‘American IV’ album may be the single best [non- ‘greatest hits’] recording ever made. Stark, powerful, honest. Equal to anything of the legendary vocalists like Piaff or Billy Holiday. People will still be talking about it decades from now.
‘American V’ OTOH, really shouldn’t have been released. A sad attempt to milk a corpse.