pioneers of country music

Johnny Cash, 1968, hotel room, London. Johnny was in town with his wife, June; her sister; and their mother, Maybelle Carter. The Carter family was an early pioneer of folk and country music, and Johnny seemed honoured to include them in his shows. He was serious and commanding as he sat there speaking about his music and how much he appreciated the family’s support. A very respectful and humble guy who was just beginning to make his impression on the world’s stage, and what an impression he did make. This image seems like one of the giant heads of stone at Mount Rushmore carved out of bare rock. It truly should be added, as Johnny was a man made of true grit and granite. © Barrie Wentzell