Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time

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Posted on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:15am
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Album Overview

One Piece at a Time is the 54th album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released in 1976 on Columbia Records. "One Piece at a Time," which was a #1 hit, is a humorous tale of an auto worker on the Detroit assembly line who puts together a car out of parts he swipes from the plant. "Sold Out of Flag Poles" also charted as a single, reaching #29 on the country singles charts. "Committed to Parkview", a Cash original, would be re-recorded in 1985 by Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, collectively known as The Highwaymen, on their first album, Highwayman; it is one of the few country songs sung from the perspective of a patient at a mental hospital.


1Let There Be Country2:58

Written-By: Johnny Cash
Written-By: Shel Silverstein

2One Piece At A Time4:00

Written-By: Wayne Kemp

3In A Young Girl's Mind3:09

Written-By: Hoyt Axton
Written-By: Mark Dawson

4Mountain Lady2:43

Written-By: Johnny Cash

5Michigan City Howdy Do2:26

Written-By: Johnny Cash

6Sold Out Of Flagpoles2:45

Written-By: Johnny Cash

7Committed To Parkview3:14

Written-By: Johnny Cash

8Daughter Of A Railroad Man3:12

Written-By: Johnny Cash

9Love Has Lost Again2:24

Written-By: Rosanne Cash

10Go On Blues2:23

Written-By: Johnny Cash

The album is notable for being credited to "Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three", a credit that hadn't been used on Cash releases since the 1960s, and for featuring Cash's recording of "Love Has Lost Again," written by his daughter, Rosanne Cash prior to the launch of her own solo career. On "Let There Be Country", the album's opening track, Cash shares songwriting credit with Shel Silverstein, who had written Cash's biggest hit up to this time, "A Boy Named Sue", which like "One Piece at a Time" was a comedic song.

"Go On Blues" was later re-recorded during the American Recordings session with Rick Rubin. It was not on the album but part of the promo single for "Delia's Gone".


  • Johnny Cash - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Bob Wootton, Bobby Thompson, Pete Wade, Dave Kirby, Jerry Hensley, Jack Routh, Helen Carter Jones, Jimmy Capps - guitar
  • Marshall Grant, Henry Strzelecki, Joe Allen - bass
  • WS Holland, Willie Ackerman, Jerry Carrigan, Kenny Malone - drums
  • Lloyd Green - steel guitar
  • Tommy Williams - mandolin
  • Tommy Jackson, Buddy Spicher, Johnny Gimble - fiddle
  • Bobby Wood, David Briggs, Larry McCoy, Earl Poole Ball - piano
  • Charlie McCoy - harmonica
  • George Tidwell - trumpet
  • The Nashville Edition - vocals


Engineer: Charlie Bragg
Engineer: Chuck Bragg
Engineer: Danny Jones
Engineer: Roger Tucker
Liner Notes: Johnny Cash
Photography By [Cover]: Mike Woosley
Producer: Charlie Bragg
Producer: Don Davis​


Artist(s) written "Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Three" on front sleeve, and "Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Three" on spine and labels. ℗ © 1976.



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