The Man in Black passed away this day in 2003, but will go on to inspire generations of singers, pickers, songwriters, and human beings in general.
Cash was one of the first icons I looked up to as a kid. I remember being waist high with my hair slicked back singing "MY NAME IS SUE. HOW DO YOU DO? NOW YOU GONNA DIE." at the top of my lungs. Yeah, that's what I told him.
While Marty Stuart’s photography was on display at the Frist Museum in Nashville, I went to see Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives perform there. He's credited with taking the last known photo of Johnny Cash, and having been his friend for decades. After sharing the experience of taking this picture with the crowd he sang his tribute to the Man in Black, “Dark Bird.” During his solo performance of the tribute, a train passed nearby and blew its whistle. Goose bumps came over me. Under normal circumstances it would have been an annoying interruption, but the gravity of the moment shone through and Marty was visibly moved, as was everyone in attendance. Rest In Peace Johnny Cash.