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Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace

From: Joyride Media
Length: 59:05

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One-hour radio documentary explores Johnny Cash's love for Gospel music, his roots in the church, and the stories behind his greatest Gospel recordings and performances.

Johnnycash_small When a young man named Johnny Cash tried to get his first record deal, he told Sam Philips of Sun Records that he was a Gospel Singer. Philips said, ?No Thanks,? but that didn?t stop Cash from recording and playing gospel songs. In time, Cash took his faith a lot further. He became a biblical scholar, a religious writer and even an ordained minister. In this one-hour radio special, we?re going to hear about the spiritual world of Johnny Cash from family and friends. Interview subjects include his son, John Carter Cash, musicians Marty Stuart and Larry Gatlin and biographers Patrick Carr and Dave Urbanski. Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace also contains more than a dozen of Cash?s best known gospel songs, including both traditional and original compositions. ?Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,? ?Here Was a Man,? How Great Thou Art? and many more works are featured alongside stories of how Cash was inspired to record these timeless spirituals. Length: 59:00 with two breaks for local spots. A 54:00 version with room for a news break is also available. Broadcast Window: Begins May 2007 Terms: Available to all US-based radio broadcasters at no cost Promotion: 0:30 promo spot included on CD Contacts: Andy Cahn, andy.cahn@sonybmg.com, 212-833-6279 Eric Molk, eric.molk@sonybmg.com, 212-833-5389

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When a young man named Johnny Cash tried to get his first record deal, he told Sam Philips of Sun Records that he was a Gospel Singer. Philips said, ?No Thanks,? but that didn?t stop Cash from recording and playing gospel songs. In time, Cash took his faith a lot further. He became a biblical scholar, a religious writer and even an ordained minister. In this one-hour radio special, we?re going to hear about the spiritual world of Johnny Cash from family and friends. Interview subjects include his son, John Carter Cash, musicians Marty Stuart and Larry Gatlin and biographers Patrick Carr and Dave Urbanski. Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace also contains more than a dozen of Cash?s best known gospel songs, including both traditional and original compositions. ?Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,? ?Here Was a Man,? How Great Thou Art? and many more works are featured alongside stories of how Cash was inspired to record these timeless spirituals. Length: 59:00 with two breaks for local spots. A 54:00 version with room for a news break is also available. Broadcast Window: Begins May 2007 Terms: Available to all US-based radio broadcasters at no cost Promotion: 0:30 promo spot included on CD Contacts: Andy Cahn, andy.cahn@sonybmg.com, 212-833-6279 Eric Molk, eric.molk@sonybmg.com, 212-833-5389

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Review of Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace

This feature is an exploration of the influence of Christian faith on the life and music of Johnny Cash. The story is told chronologically, beginning with his mother?s love of gospel music, and how faith helped Cash heal after the loss of his older brother, then how religion saved Cash from the demons of drug abuse. Friends, fellow musicians, and even Cash?s son John Carter Cash give first-hand accounts from the country legend?s life. Reporter Rodney Crowell has a nice delivery and builds a nice overall narrative, although there are spots in the piece that lose momentum. It?s refreshing to hear songs in their entirety instead of in 30-second fade-ups, but there are a few songs in the middle of the piece that are similar to each other. While Cash?s repertoire of gospel songs might not be what he?s best known for, this piece helps me understand what made him tick, as a musician and as a human being.

Transcript

Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace

Music: Gospel Boogie

JCC: You know, I don?t think my dad ever really cared what the record companies thought, or what the atheists thought or what the politicians thought. He just pursued what was the next right thing in his spirit, and he did that naturally and joyously.

WHEN A YOUNG MAN NAMED JOHNNY CASH TRIED TO GET HIS FIRST RECORD DEAL, HE TOLD SAM PHILIPS OF SUN RECORDS THAT HE WAS A GOSPEL SINGER. PHILIPS TOLD HIM ?NO THANKS.?

BUT THAT DIDN?T STOP CASH FROM RECORDING AND PLAYING GOSPEL SONGS. IN TIME, CASH TOOK HIS FAITH A LOT FURTHER. HE BECAME A BIBLICAL SCHOLAR, A RELIGIOUS WRITER, EVEN AN ORDAINED MINISTER.

IN THE NEXT HOUR, WE?RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL WORLD OF JOHNNY CASH FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND HEAR A LOT OF GOSPEL TUNES.

I?M RODNEY CROWELL, AND WELCOME TO ?JOHNNY CASH: AMAZING GRACE.?

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Timing and Cues

1. Full radio special (59:00)

0:00 - 20:18 Segment 1
In: (music) I don't think my dad every really cared what the record companies thought, or the atheists thought...
Out: I'm Rodney Crowell, and you're listening to "Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace."

20:18 - 21:18 Break 1 with music bed

21:18 - 39:14 Segment 2
In: Welcome back to "Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace." I'm Rodney Crowell.
Out: I'm Rodney Crowell, and you're listening to "Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace."

39:14 - 40:14 Break 2 with music bed

40:14 - 59:00 Segment 3
In: Welcome back to "Johnny Cash: Amazing Grace." I'm Rodney Crowell.
Out: I'm Rodney Crowell, and thanks for listening.

2. Promo spot (0:30)