Legendary country singers like Johnny Cash have yet to be forgotten and no one could ever replace “The Man in Black. With that note, Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr. paid their honors at the CMT Memorial Tribute.
Johnny Cash passed away in September 2003. He died at the age of 71 after complications from diabetes. The world mourned his loss but no one else could have been more hurt than his children.
Losing their father just four months after their mother’s passing is definitely traumatizing and unimaginable.
During the introductions of the song dedicated to Cass and before their performance began, Kid Rock honestly admitted that he did not know Johnny Cash, as well as the audience, did. However, he commended the strength of Johnny’s children on dealing with his passing.
He said that from the strength they are showing, he can tell what type of man their father was. Upon uttering these words, Roseanne Cash (Cash’s daughter) and her younger brother John Carter, embraced each other.
These are his exact words,
“Before we start really fast, I would like to say one thing. I did not know Johnny, as well as a lot of other people, have, but what I think is the most special about him and what I have observed is this. I have seen John and Rosanne and Kathy and the whole family through this ordeal and they have had to stand up and show after show and hold themselves up in a manner through the whole thing and I can see the man Johnny was by watching these kids go through this and how they have handled it.”
The audience also applauded for the siblings then Kid Rock and Williams start to play Cash’s hit song "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang."
"There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" was recorded in 1978. It was a duet with his fellow legendary country outlaw, Waylon Jennings. The song was inspired and sung in a prison inmate’s perspective while he is writing for his family. This song reached No. 2 on the Billboards chart.
Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings are definitely irreplaceable, but with talented singers who are paying tribute to them, they will definitely be proud. Watch the performance below and tell us what you think.