Lovingly curated by John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June, this homage to his late mom features faithful covers of her classics. Among the standouts on Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash: feisty crowd-pleaser ”Jackson” (Carlene Carter and Ronnie Dunn), the old-timey ”Keep on the Sunny Side” (Brad Paisley), and June Carter’s most famous composition, ”Ring of Fire” (Elvis Costello). It all hits home, but none quite like Emmylou Harris’ tear-jerking take on the tender ”Song to John.” B+ DOWNLOAD THIS: Wildwood Flower
A companion to the CD, John Carter Cash’s book, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash (out June 12), will sate the curiosity of Walk the Line fans longing to learn more about the endearing love story of Johnny and June (below, in 1956). But the biography also paints an honest picture, warts and all, of living among legends: from happy beginnings on the road with his parents to his mother’s painkiller addiction toward the end of her life.