September 12 will mark 12 years since the death of Johnny Cash, and to mark the occasion, CMT is set to feature a weeklong tribute in his honor. Longtime fan of the “Man in Black,” Kid Rock, will host this tribute, and the network is going as far as to temporarily rename itself to “Cash Music Television.”
The Cash-specific week will begin on September 8 with Walk the Line, an Oscar-winning biopic on the life of Johnny Cash, starring Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, both of whom won Oscars for their lead roles.
On September 10, the legend’s music videos will be played in a “Throwback Thursday” segment. The following day will feature a special, CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice, which will rank Cash among several other country greats, chosen by present-day country stars.
The finale will be a Saturday dedicated to the influential musician’s Hot 20 Countdown, co-hosted by Kid Rock, Katie Cook, and Cody Alan. This will be followed by a new documentary titled Johnny Cash: American Rebel, showcasing fresh interviews with his family, friends, and peers along with the generations of artists he inspired. The documentary will also show Cash’s children—John Carter, 45, and Rosanne Cash, 60, alongside his stepdaughter, 59-year-old Carlene, daughter of his second wife, June Carter— in a film together for the first time.
Meanwhile, iconic musical country family, The Carter Family will also be getting its own new documentary directed by Beth Harrington. It will track the family’s evolution in the award-winning The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music. It will also include one of Cash’s last appearances, along with clips of George Jones, Sheryl Crow, and other influenced singers in studio performances. The soundtrack is slated to release via Omnivore Recordings on October 16.
Spanos, B., “Kid Rock to Host Weeklong Johnny Cash Tribute on CMT,” Rolling Stone web site, September 2, 2015.