Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town

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Posted on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:34am
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Album Overview

Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town is the 73rd album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released in 1987, and his first for Mercury Records. It was re-released in 2003, paired with Boom Chicka Boom on a single CD. "Sixteen Tons" was previously a hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford, "The Big Light" is an Elvis Costello song from his album King of America, released the previous year and "Let Him Roll" is from Guy Clark's debut, Old No. 1. The album reached #36 on the country charts, while the only released single, "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town", peaked at #43.

"Ballad of Barbara" is a rerecording of a track that had been a hit single for Cash in the early 1970s. A number of tracks leftover from the album's recording sessions would later surface on Cash's final Mercury album, The Mystery of Life, released in 1991.


1The Big Light2:39

Written-By: Elvis Costello

2The Ballad Of Barbara4:20

Written-By: Johnny Cash

3I'd Rather Have You3:09

Written-By: Johnny Cash

4Let Him Roll4:29

Written-By: Guy Clark

5The Night Hank Williams Came To Town3:21

Featuring [Special Guest Apperance]: Waylon Jennings
Voice [Announcer]: Charlie Williams
Written-By: Bobby Braddock
Written-By: Charlie Williams

6Sixteen Tons2:43

Written-By: Merle Travis

7Letters From Home3:18

Written-By: J.C. Crowley
Written-By: Jack Routh

8W. Lee O'Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)2:45

Written-By: James Talley

9Heavy Metal (Don't Mean Rock And Roll To Me)3:08

Written-By: Guy Clark
Written-By: Jim McBride

10My Ship Will Sail2:45

Written-By: Allen Reynolds


  • Johnny Cash: vocals, guitar
  • Waylon Jennings: vocals on "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town"
  • Jim Soldi: lead and acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Marty Stuart: lead and acoustic guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Pete Wade: lead guitar
  • Bob Wootton: lead guitar
  • Joey Miskulin: lead guitar, acoustic bass, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Jack Clement: acoustic guitar, dobro, Jews harp, kazoo
  • Mike Elliot: acoustic guitar
  • Jimmy Tittle: electric bass, backing vocals
  • Joe Allen, Michael Rhodes: electric bass
  • Roy Huskey, Jr.: acoustic bass
  • W.S. "Fluke" Holland: drums
  • Kenny Malone: percussion
  • Jack Hale Jr.: horns, keyboards
  • Bob Lewin: horns, keyboards
  • Jay Patten: horns
  • Earl Poole Ball: piano
  • Charles Cochrane: piano, keyboards
  • Lloyd Green: steel guitar
  • Stuart Duncan, Mark O'Connor, Vassar Clements: fiddle
  • Paco: harmonica
  • June Carter and The Carter Family (June Carter Cash, Helen Carter, Anita Carter, Carlene Carter), Cinday Cash-Stuart, Bernard Peyton: backing vocals
  • Charlie Williams: announcer voice on "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town"


  • Produced by Jack Clement
  • Assistant producer: David Ferguson
  • Engineers: Rich Adler (chief engineer and technical director), David Ferguson
  • Mixing engineers: Dave Ferguson (all except "Heavy Metal...") and Rich Adler ("Heavy Metal...")
  • Executive producer: Joey Miskulin
  • Mastering: Glenn Meadows, Masterfonics
  • Production manager: Coley Coleman
  • Linear notes: John Lomax III
  • Eyes courtesy: Dr. Marie Kelly, Dr. Burkett Nelson
  • Photography: Slick Lawson
  • Art design: Virginia Team
  • Design: Jerry Joyner, Joe Rogers


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