February 1, 2009

Snoop Dogg calls Johnny Cash a “real American gangster”


Johnny Cash Remixed (podcast, 13 minutes)

I found this podcast to be an interesting listen, detailing some of the history behind the new Johnny Cash Remixed album (Compadre Records). I’m not sure the originals needed remixing, but I was curious to hear the songs through a modern filter. Also, you can hear Snoop Dogg’s drawl on about Johnny being his “main man,” which  made me smile.

Twenty Johnny Cash classics (including “I Walk The Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and ‘Wide Open Road”) were licensed from legendary Sun Records, first record label home of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, among others. Top remixers and producers were recruited to bring the sensibility and technology of 2008 to recordings universally accepted as timeless, with the blessing and support of the custodians of Johnny Cash’s legacy. The original tracks, recorded with Cash’s band the Tennessee Two, were pure and stark, with only the essentials; guitar, light percussion and Johnny’s unmistakable voice and presence. The new mixes maintain this fantastic charm and personality while filing out the sound and creating bold re-interpretations.

CONTEST: I have either a limited edition vinyl or a CD copy of this album to give away. You can leave me a comment if you’d like it and I’ll pick a random winner next weekend.

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  • Interesting remix. I think no matter how it’s reprocessed, it’s still fun to sing along with… even the Snoop overdub and sampling.

    Daniel_S — February 2, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  • I would love to have the vinyl. Count me in for the contest. Thank you.

    Bryon S. — February 2, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  • Hi Heather,

    Nice blog you have!! The lay-out is much better know. The remixing of the old JC-songs is quite interesting, it has cooked up some surprisingly cool songs. It shows once more that some music is timeless and i hope that generations after generatins beyond will still enjoy JC’s songs. The best way to enjoy JC is to turn the lights down low and put whatever record you got on the record player and enjoy the warm crackling of vinyl in combination with JC’s voice. Ain’t nothing better than the real thing!!

    René A. — February 2, 2009 @ 1:51 am

  • Man that Snoop “walk the Line” is a disaster. Sorry. “My Medicine” kicks ass, but this was a mistake.

    El Payo — February 2, 2009 @ 4:07 am

  • I’d love to have that CD!

    Kyle — February 2, 2009 @ 4:22 am

  • Not sure how I feel about all of this – Johnny Cash…remixed?

    I grew up listening to the original versions on an old radio in our family garage while my dad taught me how to work on a car. OK, “taught” is a bit generous, I held onto the tools and bolts while he did the work.

    I’m intrigued, throw my name in for the CD or the vinyl.

    lloyd — February 2, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  • I love Johnny’s music. I also love remixes… so this is perfect!

    Mark — February 2, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  • Heather – the commenter “Kyle” from above is mean to his own mother and steals from his neighbors. I’d love the cd (and I love my mom!)!

    gijyun — February 2, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  • I’d love to get this on vinyl. Count me in.

    Steven Dupree — February 2, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  • I am all about the Johnny Cash, and would love to have that CD.

    Kari — February 2, 2009 @ 8:03 am

  • I’d shoot a man in Reno for this CD.

    (Not really, but I’d sure like to have it!)

    Jyll — February 2, 2009 @ 8:35 am

  • Interesting…

    Mike — February 2, 2009 @ 8:45 am

  • I love Johnny, I love vinyl and hey, I live in Rock Island!

    Liz — February 2, 2009 @ 8:49 am

  • Please count me in the running for the CD. Interested to hear how the songs turn out, although I agree with others here that if any songs could justify being left the hell alone, it’s anything Sun Records. As if you could possibly repeat the magic that went down in that studio…

    Warden — February 2, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  • I love the idea of remixing classic songs and the fact that it was done with permission from his son means so much. It is exciting that good remixes have come from a group of modern artists who are trying to show respect for such a great man!

    Kristina — February 2, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  • There would be no Snoop w/o Cash.

    Seamus Dolan — February 2, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  • i’d love to have this album, thanks

    Darren Woodlief — February 2, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  • I’d love the vinyl! Thanks!

    Chris — February 2, 2009 @ 10:55 am

  • I’ll try this again. Here goes…
    I like your fuelfriendsblog a lot and check it daily. I’m a heavy, heavy, extreme metal guy but like your site to help me balance and blend in with society with knowledge and songs that my wife, daughter and friends would actually consider palatable. Not everybody gets Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse.

    Thank you!

    Craig Thrall — February 2, 2009 @ 11:27 am

  • Man, I really love Johnny Cash and thanks for keeping up the blog!

    Stephen Kimball — February 2, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  • cd me please!

    Kristen — February 2, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  • I love hearing how widespread Johnny Cash’s influence is.
    I’d love to have either cd or vinyl!

    Jen — February 2, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

  • I’m not sure if I’d shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die, but I’d send my love to Rose for the CD.


    Sherpa — February 2, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  • Wow what a great remix of a legend…this looks like a really cool CD!

    Christine — February 2, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  • Who would have thought we would see a rapper giving the ‘man in black’ props for being a “gangsta?” My how the world has changed! At least we can all agree on JCs genius… and vinyl still rules!

    John — February 2, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  • I’m campaigning my unborn son (due in May) Cash. This might just give me the ammo Ineed with my wife.

    Scott — February 2, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  • sorry – left out the critical words “to name” in the first sentence.

    Scott — February 2, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  • neat twist on the old songs – please count me in for either the vinyl or the CD thanks

    Suzanne — February 2, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  • Snoop just loves Johnny for the famous photograph of him fingering the camera.

    But count me in for the CD draw! :)

    Cameron — February 2, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  • My musical leader! I’d love the CD!

    Eric — February 3, 2009 @ 12:40 am

  • count me in!

    Bruce — February 3, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

  • LOVE IT!! I grew up listening to Cash’s music…please count me in =).

    Krista — February 3, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  • I think it’s an interesting take on a legend’s work, but what can I say I’m a sucker for remixes.

    I’d love a copy of the limited edition vinyl!

    The Blot — February 4, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  • Cash!

    Foley — February 4, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  • Hi H! I would be happy with either


    Dan — February 5, 2009 @ 11:42 am

  • would love the lp, if i win… which would be lovely because sat is my birthday… and it will be a full moon. as an aquarian, or maybe just a goober, that makes me so happy :)

    serena — February 5, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

  • Hey Heather–love the new digs! As always, great stuff. Thx for the raffle…

    Clif — February 6, 2009 @ 7:31 am

  • J. Cash unknowingly, and thus authentically, created the outlaw bad-boy image a generation before anyone else. How he lived, and thus what he sang about- was even more avant-garde and shocking considering popular culture in the 1950′s.

    Everybody since in some way imitate him. Great find. – It is great to hear so many people in so many genres acknowledging his affect on music.

    Todd — February 6, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  • Love the new site and would love the cd.


    Matthew — February 7, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  • The random winner was Bryon S, won the vinyl! Congrats Bryon.

    browneheather — February 16, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

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