Fond farewell from first lady of country

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June Carter Cash – Wildwood Flower

This became June’s swan song when she passed away shortly before its release. While 1999’s Press On was dotted with originals by June and hubby Johnny, the focus here is on classic Carter Family tunes done in traditional fashion. Like Johnny’s recent albums, it was overseen by son John Carter Cash, and bears the same rugged honesty as the American Recordings series. Today’s neo-bluegrass wannabes wish they could muster up this much soul.