Johnny Cash 012

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Johnny Cash 012

Look closer for six song titles:I Walk the Line; Ring of Fire; Man in Black; Boy Named Sue; Mean Eyed Cat; Folsom Prison Blues; and Hurt

Johnny Cash

John R. Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is widely considered one of the most influential popular musicians of the 20th century and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, which is characterized by train-sound guitar rhythms; a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark, all-black stage wardrobe, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black.” He traditionally began his concerts by simply introducing himself, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” followed by his signature song “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Much of Cash’s music contained themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption, especially in the latter stages of his career. His signature songs include “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm”, and “Man in Black”. He also recorded humorous numbers like “One Piece at a Time” and “A Boy Named Sue”; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called “Jackson” (followed by many further duets after their marriage); and railroad songs including “Hey, Porter”, “Orange Blossom Special” and “Rock Island Line”. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, notably “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails and “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode.

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The artwork:

Each illustration is tied to a non-profit fund raiser. One of the first prints of this Johnny Cash illustration sold in a silent auction at the Tacodeli fundraising benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tacodeli has supported participants who cycle and fundraise riding in the BP MS150. Tacodeli has sponsored this event for several years raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and the following Prisma Colors: Black for the “Man in Black”; Violet Blue for the “Folsom Prison Blues”; and Yellow Orange for the tabby cat from the song, “Mean Eyed Cat”; and the hands are in Indigo Blue.
Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in November of 2017 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: “choose love”

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)

11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 50)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Johnny Cash 012

The Man in Black. . . and a mean-eyed cat.


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