Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Fall Again

Tribute album set for 50th anniversary of iconic Cash collection

Johnny Cash
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July 14, 2014 4:27 PM ET

In 1964, Johnny Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album that served to draw attention to the plight of Native Americans. On August 19th, in celebration of the project's 50th anniversary, Sony Music Masterworks will issue Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. The original disc's material has been reinterpreted for the new collection by Cash disciples Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle, among others, and was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and at the legendary Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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The 1964 release, which reached Number Two on the country chart, was among Cash's output that explored Americana, from railroad songs and cowboy tunes and other Western-themed material. It remains among one of the best-reviewed in his collection of socially aware material, mixing traditional folk ballads and new material throughout. Taken from the album, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," penned by Peter LaFarge, reached Number Three for Cash on the country singles chart.

Look Again's release will come just a few days after the annual Johnny Cash Music Fest in Jonesboro, Arkansas. This year's lineup includes Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare.

Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited track listing:

"As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
"Apache Tears" (Emmylou Harris w/the Milk Carton Kids)
"Custer" (Steve Earle w/the Milk Carton Kids)
"The Talking Leaves" (Nancy Blake w/Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (Kris Kristofferson w/Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"Drums" (Norman Blake w/Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"Apache Tears (Reprise)" (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"White Girl" (Milk Carton Kids)
"The Vanishing Race" (Rhiannon Giddens)
"As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (Reprise)" (Nancy Blake, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"Look Again to the Wind" (Bill Miller)

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