A 1964 album by Johnny Cash, Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, has been re-recorded to mark its 50th anniversary.
The album, which was originally envisaged as a concept album to highlight the mistreatment of Native Americans, has been reinterpreted by artists including Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson.
Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited will be released by Sony Music Masterworks on August 19, reports Rolling Stone.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
“Prior to Bitter Tears, the conversation about Native American rights had not really been had,” says Joe Henry, Look Again’s producer. “At a very significant moment in his trajectory, Johnny Cash was willing to draw a line and insist that this be considered a human rights issue, alongside the civil rights issue that was coming to fruition in 1964. But he also felt that the record had never been heard, so there’s a real sense that we’re being asked to carry it forward.”
The tracklisting for Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited is:
“As Long As The Grass Shall Grow” (Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
“Apache Tears” (Emmylou Harris w/the Milk Carton Kids)
“Custer” (Steve Earle w/the Milk Carton Kids)
“The Talking Leaves” (Nancy Blake w/Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (Kris Kristofferson w/Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Drums” (Norman Blake w/Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Apache Tears (Reprise)” (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“White Girl” (Milk Carton Kids)
“The Vanishing Race” (Rhiannon Giddens)
“As Long As The Grass Shall Grow (Reprise)” (Nancy Blake, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
“Look Again To The Wind” (Bill Miller)