Cash Accepted Jay Allen Sanford 10.16.7
Johnny Cash died four years ago last month (9-12-03). Singer/guitarist Mark Stuart of the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - a band endorsed by the Cash estate - recalls recording at Cash's home studio in Hendersonville , Tennessee , in 2000. "We were invited by his son, John Carter Cash.the next time we played Memphis, I called him up and he said 'My dad's working in the morning, so you guys can come in about noon and have the studio for the rest of the day.'"
"The studio on their property is called the Cash Cabin, and we spent three days there recording. Being right there in Johnny's back yard was amazing. It's about twenty miles outside of Nashville , in the middle of the woods. The studio is a little wood cabin on fifty acres. There's wild animals all over, deer, goats, pigs, and peacocks just wandering around. They've even got their own fully stocked bass lake within walking distance [of the studio], so John Carter and I would go out with fishing rods and catch a few big mouth bass between takes."
"The studio is like a history museum, full of Cash and Carter memorabilia, but it's also fully modern and functional for recording. I was singing into the same microphone Johnny Cash was using just a half hour before! The lyric sheets for his new songs were spread around the studio and I got to look at those. We even got to hear some of his new tracks, songs that haven't been released yet. He [Johnny Cash] called the studio from the house but he wasn't feeling well enough to come out, so we didn't get the chance to see him that day."
BSOJC earned national press in 1999 when Merle Haggard handpicked them as an opening act. The Bastards were the first local band ever invited by Willie Nelson to perform at his annual 4th of July Picnic, a 3-decade-old institution which showcases cutting-edge country artists.