Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Johnny Cash – The American Outtakes

American Recordings album coverImage via Wikipedia

Johnny Cash‘s legacy may have been set in stone by the Phoenix-Witherspoon biopic, Walk The Line, but the cartoonish representation of his early career does a good job of skewing the events of the legend’s life. In truth, Johnny became such a devout Christian that he abandoned many of the traits that made him a commercial success. He was dropped from his record label, and seemed intent on living out the rest of his life with his wife in Tennessee.

But his December years were spent under the umbrella of Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings label, and with Rick at the helm, Johnny recorded some of his finest material to date. From 1994 until his death in 2003, Johnny recorded a boatload of material, and, to date, his label has released American Recordings (1994), Unchained (1996), American III: Solitary Man (2000), American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002), Unearthed (2003), American V: A Hundred Highways (2006), and, reportedly American VI is due in 2009.

These outtakes are all similar in vein to the original American sessions, with Johnny Cash singing with just an acoustic guitar for accompaniment. This session was recorded from 5/17-20/1993 in Rick Rubin’s living room

Johnny Cash
5/17 to 5/20/1993

01 For Heaven’s Sake
02 I’m A Drifter
03 I Witnessed A Crime (with Billy Gibbons)
04 Banks of The Ohio
05 The Next Time I’m In Town
06 Breaking Bread
07 To Beat The Devil
08 Friends In California
09 Caretaker
10 The Wonder of You
11 East Virginia Blues
12 Bury Me Not
13 I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I’ll Be A Diamond Someday)
14 Go On Blues
15 If I Give My Soul

Download the whole session from: http://drop.io/o5kbm7y


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February 10, 2009 Posted by | alt country, american, americana, ghost of electricity, guitar, johnny cash, music, outtakes, rick rubin, rock, toodrunktodream, unreleased | Leave a comment

I got DRUNK, and lost my blog

Last night, I apparently was on a mission.

A mission to tweak my blog
(GHOST of ELECTRICITY)

and add in some FeedFlares, those STUPID little things at the bottom of the posts.

What happened at 3 am when I attempted to mess with html?

WELL, I erased my template… it’s gone. And, for what backups are worth, I already deleted the three previous backups just a week ago. I thought they were taking up space. They were annoying me, so I deleted them. Oh and the “backup” that I took last night before I finally retired to sleep? Yeah, that wasn’t a backup, that was a saved version of an xml file of a basic template….the same template that I woke up this morning to find plastered on my page, instead of the wide-columned, custom-colored, personalized version that I had grown to love, through the trial-and-error sweat-and-tears that is html for me. Fuck me with a pitchfork. I got drunk and got HTML-goggles.

Well, after some soul searching, and freaking out, I found out that Blogger saves ONE version in it’s archives. Un-fuck me with a pitchfork….Ten minutes ago, I found my template. Well, it’s not totally the same. But I dodged a bullet. I’ll take it.


So, in honor of me drunkenly losing (and soberly, subsequently finding) my blog: here’s a couple of fitting songs….

Johnny Cash – from ‘American II: Unchained’ – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea.mp3

Willard Grant Conspiracy – from ‘Everything’s Fine’- Drunkards Prayer.mp3

Uncle Tupelo – from ‘Anthology 89-93’ – I Got Drunk.mp3

The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk As A Pile of Fuck.mp3

The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk And In Jail For Arson.mp3


The Shit (Ryan Adams) – from ‘Hillbilly Joel’ – Drunk As Hell Again.mp3


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December 10, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, blog, drunk, drunkard, ghost of electricity, jameson, johnny cash, music, rock, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, unchained, uncle tupelo, wilco, willard grant conspiracy | Leave a comment