Chris Cornell, Cash Cabin, 2016 Photo: David McClister

Chris Cornell, Cash Cabin, 2016  Photo: David McClister

Chris Cornell, Cash Cabin, 2016 Photo: David McClister

“I thought it was brilliant that he [Johnny Cash] would actually bother writing a song in its entirety from his own perspective and then to the perspective of the person he’s actually writing about — like seeing both sides of it and going to the trouble of actually writing it out that way.” -- Chris Cornell reflects about the song he sang on Johnny Cash Forever Words, "You Never Knew My Mind.”

According to John Carter Cash, his father likely wrote the falling-out-of-love poem for his first wife, Vivian. For the song, Cornell creating a brilliantly brooding version and recorded it at Cash Cabin studio. Cornell cites Cash as a major influence, especially after the country legend recorded a Grammy-nominated cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.”

Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash produced this tribute album for his father released in 2018. Johnny Cash: Forever Words is a collaborative album consisting of 16 songs created from Johnny Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists including Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, and more.

See more of David McClister's archive of photographs available as fine art prints here.

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