June Carter Cash – Church In The Wildwood
June Carter represented a vital link to country music founders the Carter Family, and when she married rockabilly-country singer Johnny Cash, her status as country music royalty was sealed. In a way, though, June Carter’s musical legacy has long been less than obvious because of the stature of her husband. A number of Dualtone releases like Church in the Wildwood, however, have worked hard to place her in the spotlight. But this release, along with Ring of Fire: The Best of June Carter Cash, has done more to obscure than help her legacy. Basically, most of both collections seem to have been robbed from earlier releases, 1999’s Press On and 2003’s Wildwood Flower, and — especially withWildwood Flower — Carter Cash’s vocal’s are way past their prime. (The liner notes of Church in the Wildwood are also devoid of dates on individual songs, an omission that helps to obscure these songs’ origins.) There’s even quite a bit of overlap between Church in the Wildwood and Ring of Fire, which makes Church in the Wildwood’s short, 30-minute running time even more skimpy. Who might want this collection? Perhaps someone who likes religious songs and doesn’t own the aforementioned albums. If one already owns the albums mentioned above, though, there’s no reason to pick up Church in the Wildwood
Church In The Wildwood pays tribute not only to June’s legacy on country music but also to the unshakable spirit and faith with which she lived her life. 10 tracks.