Marty Stuart Honors Johnny Cash With ‘I’ve Been Around’ Video

By Scott Bernstein Jan 11, 2021 7:02 am PST

Marty Stuart‘s relationship with the late Johnny Cash went beyond Stuart’s five-year run in the “Man In Black’s” backing band and various collaborations that followed. Stuart was married to Johnny’s daughter, Cindy, from 1983 to 1988. Marty paid tribute to his one-time father-in-law in the video for “I’ve Been Around,” a song Stuart completed based on lyrics Johnny Cash left behind.

“I’ve Been Around” is Marty Stuart’s contribution to a deluxe edition of Forever Words, a project featuring Johnny Cash’s contemporaries and those influenced by his work setting his poetry and lyrics to music for the first time. The original 16-track collection came out in 2018. The deluxe edition features a total of 18 additional songs released in four waves. While the first two waves were unveiled on October 23 and December 11, respectively, two more are due on February 5 and April 2.

The project was put together by Johnny’s son, John Carter Cash, who directed, wrote and produced the “I’ve Been Around” video. Stuart filmed the visual outside of the famed Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The clip intersperses footage and images of Marty and Johnny from their time together.

“My father touched the world of music in ways still evolving. The original body of work in Forever Words held some of Dad’s best unreleased writings, put to music by some of the most prolific artists alive today. But there was more: poetry and lyrics that no one had ever seen, whose depth demanded the continuance of the project. And, with true artists who found melody and beauty in these unseen words, the recordings continued,” said John Carter Cash in a statement as per The Boot, the outlet that premiered the video. “Looking back now, I feel Dad would be proud to know his voice and spirit carry on here, in these Forever Words.”

Watch Marty Stuart’s “I’ve Been Around” video below:

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