Johnny Cash’s America documentary explores Cash’s life, music, and impact

Singer-songwriter Johnny Cash died five years ago this past September, and tonight the Bio channel will debut a new documentary that looks at his life and explores the way “no other entertainer in history had brought together people of such diverse creeds, politics, and persuasions as Johnny Cash,” who “sought to advocate his beliefs and unify people through his music,” according to the network.

Johnny Cash’s America airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET and repeats Friday night at 10, and the two-hour film includes “unprecedented access to a wealth of rare materials, including never-before-seen footage and photos, intimate interviews with Cash’s family, children, and several life-long friends, and 27 of Johnny Cash’s recordings, many used here for the first time,” according to the network. There are interviews with Bob Dylan, Snoop Dogg, Al Gore, Ozzy Osborune, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard, Lamar Alexander, Lorette Lynn, Tim Robbins, and others, and 27 of Cash’s songs.

Chris Cooper narrates the documentary, which was produced by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, with the Cash Estate, Sony Music, and John Carter Cash. Here’s the film’s trailer:

Johnny Cash’s America [Bio]

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