Previously Unreleased Johnny Cash Live Album Recorded By Owsley Stanley Due In September

The Owsley archival release contains Cash's earliest known recording of Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" and more.

By Nate Todd Jun 24, 2021 2:00 pm PDT

A previously unheard Johnny Cash live album recorded by Owsley Stanley is on the way. Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 arrives on September 24 via the Owsley Stanley Foundation and Renew Records/BMG.

Longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Owsley Stanley captured the historic performance at San Franciso’s Carousel Ballroom on April 24, 1968 just days before Cash’s landmark At Folsom Prison live record arrived and six months before the release of At San Quentin, completing a trifecta of live recordings from the iconic Cash era. Recorded in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district, the performance marks a cultural collision not lost on The Man In Black who laced his set with songs about society’s outcasts.

These include “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” as well as two Bob Dylan numbers Cash famously covered, “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and the earliest known recording of “One Too Many Mornings.” Johhny also delivers a cascade of Cash classics to close out the concert including “Ring of Fire,” “Big River,” “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” and “I Walk the Line.” The show features Cash’s famed backing band The Tennessee Three — guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland — as well as the always endearing chemistry between Johnny and his then new-bride June Carter Cash.

“When you hear this, you feel like you are on the stage with the band,” Owsley’s son Starfinder Stanley said of the album in a statement.

John Carter Cash described At The Carousel as “what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.”

At The Carousel Ballroom — which Owsley earmarked as a recording of importance — will arrive in two CD/LP formats and also boasts new essays by John Carter Cash, Starfinder Stanley, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools along with new art by Susan Archie and a reproduction of the Carousel Ballroom’s original concert poster by Steve Catron.

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 is previewed with “I’m Going To Memphis.” Listen below:

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 Tracklist:

  1. Cocaine Blues
  2. Long Black Veil
  3. Orange Blossom Special (CD and Digital only)
  4. Going to Memphis
  5. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
  6. Rock Island Line
  7. Guess Things Happen That Way
  8. One Too Many Mornings
  9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  10. Give My Love to Rose
  11. Green, Green Grass of Home
  12. Old Apache Squaw
  13. Lorena
  14. Forty Shades of Green
  15. Bad News
  16. Jackson
  17. Tall Lover Man
  18. June’s Song Introduction
  19. Wildwood Flower
  20. Foggy Mountain Top
  21. This Land Is Your Land
  22. Wabash Cannonball
  23. Worried Man Blues
  24. Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man
  25. Ring of Fire
  26. Big River
  27. Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
  28. I Walk the Line
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