On the heels of two of the biggest hits of his career in “Ring of Fire” and “Understand Your Man,” Johnny Cash was a hot commodity in 1964 when he gave his record company an ambitious new concept album, “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.”
But the label treated that album more like a hot potato because of its potentially controversial subject matter, prompting Cash to take matters into his own hands to promote a project that he consistently cited as one of the proudest moments of his storied career. Related: Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello and the ‘lost’ album sessions
A half-century later, “Bitter Tears” is getting another shot at recognition through “Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited,” a new version recorded by a group of country and Americana stars.
Fantastic article about remaking one of the greatest (and most overlooked) albums of all-time.
It’s available now on iTunes.