The upcoming documentary Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon is scheduled to hit theaters tomorrow (December 5th) in a limited number of screenings until the 7th
The film documents Cash’s relationship with God, his struggle with personal demons and how he overcame them through his Christian faith, to which he was always open.
Producer John Erwin expressed his enthusiasm for the new release:
“Johnny Cash is an American icon who has undoubtedly shaped the music landscape. Behind the fame is the true story of a man who was stalked by his own inner demons and, through confronting them, ultimately found an unshakable faith in God.”
Johnny’s son, John Carter Cash, also commented on the upcoming release, calling it the one film Johnny was most excited to see:
“I think of all the documentaries that have been made about my father, this one would be the one he would be most excited about.”
John Carter also sat down FoxNews recently to reflect on the new film and reflect on his own personal demons and how he and his father overcame various struggles together.
Of course, everyone has to rely on their parents from time to time, but it wasn’t a two-way street for Johnny and John Carter…they both needed each other.
“He was my best friend…he really was. We laughed together. We traveled together. He supported me. He was indulgent with me, maybe a little too much. I think he could have been a bit tougher.
I think I needed it sometimes. But my father never made a mistake. And we forgave each other and we healed. And together we went through the struggles we had to heal.”
John Carter shares that both he and his father went to the same drug treatment center:
“I dealt with addiction issues, especially when I was younger, in my early 20s. My father was in a treatment center in the early 1990s.
Well, I went through the same treatment center in the early 1990’s and we were able to get a lot of our crap out of my youth.
According to John Carter, it was Johnny’s unwavering belief in God that enabled him to persevere, whether it was struggling with addiction, struggling in marriage, or coping with loss … it was at the core of who he was, and what he was leaning on at the most disturbing times :
“He has always been consistent in professing his faith. It comes from family values. It stems from his love of gospel music. It stems from the fact that he needed salvation and he found it brought it to other people as well.
When he signed on to record with Rick Rubin, one of the most important things to him was that he had a gospel project. Christianity was something he was never ashamed of. He always put that in the foreground. It was a big part of who he was. It defined who he was.”
And that’s exactly what this documentation should record:
“Yes, he fell short, but he got back up. This is the documentary he wanted to make about his life because he puts faith first… He wasn’t afraid to tell people, ‘I failed’ or ‘This is who I am and this is the fights that are the ones I had.’
He was willing to admit his shortcomings. And I think that’s a good example to live by.”
Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon premieres exclusively in theaters on December 5th, with additional screenings on December 6th and 7th.
John Carter spoke more about his father and the upcoming documentary starring Mike Huckabee:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/12/04/john-carter-cash-reflects-on-overcoming-demons-alongside-his-father-johnny-cash-he-was-my-best-friend/ John Carter Cash Reflects On Overcoming Demons Alongside His Father, Johnny Cash: “He Was My Best Friend”