Weekly US music releases: a final chapter for Johnny Cash

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The sixth and final installment of Johnny Cash's American Recordings albums, recorded in the last months of his life in 2003. The album American VI: Ain't No Grave will be released on February 23, on American Recordings' Lost Highway Records.

The 10-song collection is part of the acclaimed series with Cash, produced by Rick Rubin. Currently the co-head of Columbia Records, he has produced acts from the Beastie Boys and Linkin Park to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Shakira.

Rubin's signature spare sound fits the intimate performance of Cash's distinctive baritone, and the rich meaningful songs, such as the title track, "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" and the "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream." The contemporary folk standards reflect the musician ability to cross genres from country to blues and rock.

The record releases a few days before Cash's birth date on February 26. Fans are encouraged to wear black on the day the legendary artist would have turned 78.