it seems as if it should be required to know a lot about Johnny Cash
in order to be a music journalist, I will admit I didn’t know a
whole lot about him when I started writing country music reviews.
However, when I read Anchored In Love, the story of June
Carter’s life the way it was seen through the eyes of her son, I was
immediately inspired to learn more about the Carter family and
Johnny Cash. I began paying more attention when friends talked about
Johnny Cash; I saw his old house in Hendersonville, TN and
eventually was granted the opportunity to meet his son John Carter
Cash, an exceptionally talented author, songwriter, musician,
producer and father.
met a lot of talented people who are involved in the music business,
but John Carter Cash is certainly one of the most well rounded
musicians I have ever met without guessing I’d ever have the chance.
He has produced albums for his parents (who aren’t just anybody,
remember), written a book about his mother’s influential life and is
raising three beautiful children with his incredibly gifted fiddle
playing wife Laura. He enjoys panning for gold with his son,
fishing, hiking, hunting, and has a passion not only for writing
songs and biographical books such as Anchored In Love, but
also for writing children’s books.
Carter produced the tribute CD to June Carter, also titled
Anchored In Love. Years ago, he worked under Rick Rubin as the
Associate Producer on a few of his father’s albums; he was the
co-producer on several albums for other recognized singers including
Badlands by Marty Stuart and producer on his mother’s album,
Wildwood Flower, which won a Grammy in 2003. Because he is
the manager and owner of Cash Cabin Studio, which was built in 1979,
Carter has found that the list of albums he has produced grows
are that Carter’s love for music began before he was even born.
Throughout his early childhood his passion developed, starting with
the first guitar he ever picked up, which was most likely one of his
father’s. Touring with his parents as a child most likely influenced
his inspiration to play local shows with his rock band in high
school. Carter’s children, Jack Ezra, Anna Maybelle and Joseph John
have also shown a liking toward music. Although Jack is too young,
the other two have shown an interest in piano and singing.
inspiration Carter leans toward time spent in the house in Virginia
where his mother grew up. His family visits there frequently and he
loves the atmosphere. “It’s a haven for me,” he said. “It’s a spirit
of the heart; it’s a quiet place for peace and family. It’s a great
place to go for writing.”
Carter does not dwell on the past, nor does he think back too much
on his accomplishments. “Where I am right now is the most
important,” he said. No matter how many awards he has won in the
past for work he has done, he stays focused on the present and what
he must do to continue to thrive.
the skills to produce CDs and movies, he can play the guitar and
sing, and the most well-known association with John Carter Cash’s
life is that he is the sole son of Johnny and June. He has worked
hard to create an identity for himself while still showing great
respect for his parents and their enormous legacy. Carter has shown
that music is very important to him; however, he said “music is
secondary,” after revealing that he wishes to be remembered foremost
as a good father.