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Added On: May 31, 2007 - 05:01 AM UTC
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Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Kingsland, Arkansas
This small town in rural Arkansas is the birthplace of country music legend, Johnny Cash.  His family lived in Kingsland for the first three years of Cash's life before moving up north to Dyess.  Despite its famous former resident, Kingsland appears to have nothing commemorating the life or birth Cash.  Because of this, any visit to Kingsland would probably only appeal to die-hard Cash fans.

The Man in Black
Johnny Cash would become known as one of the greatest, influential country musicians of all time.  Throughout his career, Cash had been known to dabble in darker music and recorded various Appalachian murder ballads like Banks of Ohio, Long Black VeilCocaine Blues (a variation on Little Sadie), Streets of Laredo, etc. and even did an entire theme album titled Murder.  It was his original compositions like Folsom Prison Blues ("I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die") that really set him apart and proved that his moniker, the Man in Black, didn't just refer to his clothing.

As country music grew and changed over the years, Cash found himself on the outside of Nashville looking in.  When he teamed up with producer Rick Rubin later in his career and their collaborations produced a series of albums titled American Recordings, Cash found a whole new audience.  Songs like Hurt, Sam Hall, and Delia's Gone (and its video in which Cash looked like some mad prophet singing about killing his girl) hit rotation in Goth clubs around the country and earned Cash the nickname of "the original Goth."
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Blog: Honoring the Man in Black (02/25/10)
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Cash: The Autobiography
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Kingsland City Limits Sign
City limits sign for Kingsland, Arkansas - the birthplace of Johnny Cash. Photo taken June 2007.
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