The country musician nicknamed "The Possum" is known for his wild lifestyle as much as he's known for his No. 1 hits. In 1996, he joined Terry Gross for a conversation about his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.
This interview was originally broadcast on May 8, 1996.
A new Johnny Cash album, American Recordings VI: Ain't No Grave was released this week to coincide with what would have been Cash's 78th birthday. We remember the singer, songwriter and guitarist, who wrote more than 1,500 songs — and performed from the 1950s until just before his death in 2003.
Country singer Bradley Walker is making his recording debut with Highway of Dreams. Walker's vocal style "harkens back to an earlier generation of vocalists, such as George Jones and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe." The record's producer is Carl Jackson who worked with Emmylou Harris and Glen Campbell. Walker has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and sung at leading bluegrass festivals. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, he has been in a wheelchair all his life.
Singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver's life has been a rough road. Shaver became famous in the 1970s as the songwriter for the so-called "country music outlaws," including Waylon Jennings. This interview originally aired July 13, 2005.
A compelling father-and-son story, country musicians Wayne and Darrell Scott inspire each other. Darrell Scott's most recent CD is The Invisible Man. And last year, he persuaded his father, Wayne Scott, to record his own debut album of original songs — at age 71. It's called This Weary Way. (Original air date: July 3, 2006)