The two living Highwaymen, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, have recorded a track together for the Johnny Cash: Forever Words project. The collaborative album consists of songs performed by friends, family and admirers of the late Cash, using poetry and writings that were found after Cash’s death as lyrics.
In the video above, Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, explains that the track was derived from things he wrote after June had passed. “There was a folder of letters that my father had written for my mother, and within this folder, there were a few poems, many of them very sad. But right in the middle of them was this poem ‘Forever,’ that spoke of life continuing on. Even in the face of my father’s own mortality, he still saw the vision ahead for where his legacy would go,” John Carter Cash said.
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson’s track takes Cash’s song “I Still Miss Someone,” and combines it with a spoken word performance of Cash’s writings. It feels particularly powerful since it’s recorded by Kristofferson, who highly regards Cash’s spirituality, and Nelson, who is addressing his own mortality with songs such as “Last Man Standing.”
The entirety of Johnny Cash: Forever Words will be released on April 6th. Other artists featured on the project include Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash, Chris Cornell, Carlene Carter, Jewel and Elvis Costello.