Don Cusic, professor of music business at Belmont University, has just published his 14th book, Johnny Cash: The Songs. The book is published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, a division of Avalon Publishing Group and is the first of Johnny Cash’s lyrics. The book features songs that Cash wrote and recorded as well as one un-recorded song, which Cash wrote especially for Cowboy Jack Clement, and commentary by Cusic.
This collection of Cash’s lyrics joins collections of the lyrics of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson also compiled by Cusic.
Cusic is one of country music’s leading writers and historians. His other books include biographies of Eddy Arnold and Riders in the Sky, an encyclopedia of cowboys, and The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music.
In November, the Western Music Association presented Cusic with the “Bill Wiley Award” to honor Cusic for his “outstanding contribution to Western Music and the Western Music Association.” The award, named after the founder of the Association, was presented at the Association’s awards banquet in Albuquerque, N.M. on November 20, 2004.
Cusic is the editor of the associations’ quarterly publication, “The Western Way.”
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