The final installment in Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series, American VI: Ain’t No Grave will be released Feb. 26—the same day Cash would’ve turned 78 years old. On this final disc, we’ll see the iconic musician reflecting on his life and grappling with the issues of salvation, faith and friendship.
It was during the 2003 recording sessions for American V and VI that Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash, passed away. “I think [recording] was the only thing that kept him going,” producer Rick Rubin, who worked with Cash on all of the American Recordings, said in a statement.
The album’s eclectic mix of covers includes Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times,” Sheryl Crow’s “Redemption Day” and a goodbye song, “Aloha Oe,” by Queen Lili’uokalani. “I Corinthians: 15:55,” a previously unreleased song Cash wrote during the last years of his life, makes the cut as well. Scott and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers are featured on the album’s title track, “Ain’t No Grave.”