To celebrate what would have been The Man In Black’s 80th birthday on Feb. 26, Legacy Recordings will release a special two-disc album, entitled Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth.
That collection, which comes out through Columbia/Legacy on April 3, contains 51 tracks of both previously released and unreleased material. Much of the album focuses on Johnny Cash’ gospel and spiritual music from the ‘70s and ’80s.
Cash’s son, John Carter also contributed a 1,500-word essay for the liner notes of Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth. In it he writes, “The music set a foundation for J. R. Cash and upon it he established the motivation for his existence. With the songs of the gospel came faith, and along with faith, a fortitude and persistence that would not be denied. If you were convinced of my Dad’s honesty, it is because he was confident of his purpose, and that purpose was defined by gospel music. Though he would sing many kinds of music in his life, he was never truer than when he sang songs of faith.”
Legacy Records plans on announcing other Cash projects in the coming weeks.