Wildwood Flower CD (2003)

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June Carter Cash leaves a fitting legacy

on 9/9/2003

I was expecting a lot from this album when I popped it into my CD player and I was not disappointed. Wildwood Flower, June Carter Cash’s last studio album could quite easily be her very best as it contains some of the finest from the Carter Family catalog. From the first track “Keep on the Sunny Side”, the folk classic until “Wildwood Flower” the CD keeps your interest with June’s beautiful voice which is unlike no one else. The song “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone” is especially poignant considering it was her “farewell.” Her husband Johnny Cash is on most of the songs, and her daughter, Roseanne wrote the liner notes which are a beautiful eulogy to her mother. Also on the enhanced CD is her last recording session and a tour of the Carter estate by June. Wildwood Flower is a wonderful album that reminds us what a great artist she was and how sorely she will be missed.

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Wildwood Flower was designed as a follow-up to Press On, June Carter's GRAMMY®-Award winning 1999 CD that has recently been reissued. June recorded her new collection during an extraordinary burst of creativity earlier this year. The record contains her versions of nine classic songs by her kinfolk, Country Music Hall of Fame members the Carter Family, as well as her own songs, plus collaborations with her legendary husband Johnny Cash. As she was preparing for the release of Wildwood Flower, June Carter Cash died unexpectedly on May 15, 2003 after suffering complications from heart surgery.

" This record was very important to her," says her son John Carter Cash, who produced both Press On and Wildwood Flower. "She had a great heritage that she wanted to carry on, and she wanted to make an artistic, historical and musical statement. I think the inspiration was bound to rise in her again. So when she got offered this record deal, this album just naturally fell into place."


Label Dualtone
SKU 60613157
UPC 803020114227
UPC 14 00803020114227
Format CD
Release Date 9/9/2003
Author June Carter Cash
Associated Artist/Work Carter Family
Associated Artist/Work Carter Family (The)
Associated Artist/Work Cash, Johnny
Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Turner
Producer John Carter Cash
CatalogID 01142
Lable Name Dualtone Music
Released 09/09/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00803020114227
Musical Guests
Johnny Cash
Marty Stuart
Norman Blake
Album Notes and Credits
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: June Carter Cash (vocals, autoharp); Marty Stuart, Dale Jett (vocals, acoustic guitar); Johnny Cash, Janet Carter, Joe Carter (vocals); Laura Cash (acoustic guitar, fiddle, background vocals); Norman Blake (acoustic guitar); Nancy Blake (mandolin, cello); Dennis Crouch, Rick Lonow (bass); Carlene Carter, Tiffany Anastasia Lowe, Lorrie Carter Bennett (background vocals).
Recorded at The Carter Family Estate, Maces Spring, Virgina; June & Johnny's Bedroom and Cash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Rosanne Cash.
WILDWOOD FLOWER won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. "Keep On The Sunny Side" won for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. "Temptation" was nominated for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
Released shortly after June Carter Cash's death in 2003, WILDWOOD FLOWER features the country music legend's most personal, intimate music. Recorded with relatives ranging from her cousins Janet and Joe Carter (the children of A.P. and Sara Carter) to granddaughter Tiffany Anastasia Lowe (the daughter of Carlene Carter and Nick Lowe) to, of course, her husband Johnny Cash, these 13 songs have the casual, almost spontaneous quality of a family sing-along. This feeling is heightened by both the snatches of conversation between the tracks and the song selection itself, taken almost entirely from the A.P. Carter songbook. That feeling of direct lineage colors the entire record; not only are these among the finest and most archetypal country songs ever written, they're also, in a very real way, family heirlooms, no less so than a treasured photograph or piece of jewelry. As a result, listening to WILDWOOD FLOWER is akin to being present at a particularly intimate, heartwarming family gathering.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Fittingly, she says goodbye with a lovely bouquet of songs....The album's pristine, spare sound emphasizes Norman Blake's masterful picking, daughter-in-law Laura Cash's haunting fiddle and June's signature autoharp strum..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/12/03, p.152) - "...There's palpable joy in the way she and her supporting cast...breath life into these age-old country-folk songs, as if they're tugging at rapture and saness at the same time....As a posthumous release, it's almost too poignant to bear." - Rating A-
Uncut (1/04, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "WILDWOOD FLOWER is raw and achingly human."
Dirty Linen (12/03, p.52) - "...WILDWOOD FLOWER serves as a poignant and beautiful coda to her fascinating musical life..."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.108) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Humble, home-spun, deeply warm and honest, this record comes from a place where the idea of music as business simply doesn't exist."
Disc 1
1 Keep On The Sunny Side
2 Road To Kaintuck
3 Kneeling Drunkard's Plea, (Carter Girls Intro)
4 Storms Are On The Ocean
5 Temptation, (Little Junie Intro)
6 Big Yellow Peaches
7 Alcatraz
8 Sinking In The Lonesome Sea
9 Church In The Wildwood / Lonesome Valley
10 Cannonball Blues
11 Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
12 Anchored In Love
13 Wildwood Flower
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