The Johnny Cash Project: The Final Music Video

Mainstream country music has declined greatly over time. Everything now is honkey tonk this or a bunch of hillbillies saying that. I’d compare it to rap music in the sense that it’s gone the way of all glamour but no substance. It’s kind of ironic how rednecks who probably say the n-word a lot will reject hip hop but still listen to the obnoxious “save a horse, ride a cowboy” bullshit. Cest la vie. But Johnny Cash is a different story. Even if you don’t love his music (though I don’t think I’ve met a single person who doesn’t), you can’t help but love the personality. He sang about some really dark shit (like shooting a man to watch him die, doing cocaine, or being in prison), but people loved him because he had the charisma and his music had that certain charm to it. America idolizes charming outlaws and it was almost like Cash was in the same league as Jesse James, even though he had never really stolen a dime or killed anyone. It amazes me that he was still producing great music before his tragic death in 2003. A hero had died, but his legend continued. And it is continuing to this day with the Johnny Cash Project.

The Johnny Cash Project

Earlier last year, Cash’s final posthumous album, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, was released. A few months later, a project was started to create Cash’s final music video for the title track “Ain’t No Grave.” It’s a communal project that allowed fans from all over the world to choose a still portrait/frame of Cash and animate it with their own spin to it. The best are chosen to make the music video. It’s a never-ending project in the sense that even though it’s been going on for more than a year, people are still submitting stills. The result is hauntingly beautiful, a true work of art. It’s an amazing tribute to a man who has contributed so much, not just country music, but to music in general.

You can check out the project HERE. They’re still taking slides and I don’t think it’s ever going to end. It’s worth a visit alone to see some of the amazing interpretations people have put up there. Makes me wish I could draw, but even on a computer, my caricature skills are limited. Oh well. Anyways check out the site and pay tribute to the Man in Black your own way. RIP Johnny.

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