Of all the dozens of albums released by Johnny Cash during his nearly half-century career, 1964's Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian is among the closest to the artist's heart. A concept album focusing on the mistreatment and marginalization of the Native American people throughout the history of the United States, its eight songsspoke in frank and poetic language of the hardships and intolerance they endured.
Now, 50 years after it was recorded, a collective of top Americana artists has come together to re-imagine and update these songs that meant so much to Cash, who died in 2003. For Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, creative leader and album producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville) realized that the Bitter Tears album held a special place in Cash's canon, and that in many ways the issues it raised still resonate today. This had to be apparent in the new versions he was recording.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and at Johnny Cash's personal recording studio, Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN.
- As Long as the Grass Shall Grow / Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
- Apache Tears / Emmylou Harris & The Milk Carton Kids
- Custer / Steve Earle & The Milk Carton Kids
- The Talking Leaves / Nancy Blake, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch & The Milk Carton Kids
- The Ballad of Ira Hayes / Kris Kristofferson,Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
- Drums / Norman Blake, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Nancy Blake & Emmylou Harris
- Apache Tears (Reprise) / Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
- White Girl / The Milk Carton Kids
- The Vanishing Race / Rhiannon Giddens, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
- As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (Reprise) / Gillian Welch,David Rawlings & Nancy Blake
- Look Again to the Wind / Bill Miller