About ten years ago, Cowboy Jack Clement and I were talking about his film archives. Cowboy Jack, producer of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis among others is quite the film buff. He would often carry his camera to some pretty strange places and capture wild historic moments. Jack shared about one memorable time with Johnny and a trip to a cemetery. Mr. Cash wanted to make sure Jack rolled film as he approached a headstone. The particular grave site they were visiting was that of the Carter Family’s patriarch A.P. Johnny turned to Jack and declared that he had never had a smoke with A.P. and promptly laid on his back on his grave to have a chat about life. Cigarette in hand, Johnny went on a journey of sorts with a man who had impacted his life in so many ways.
I pictured what that moment looked like but until today I had never seen it. Enter The Johnny Cash project: “A Living Portrait” to the Man in Black. The global art project allows you to draw on top of randomly selected frames for the video of ‘Ain’t No Grave.’ Users contribute their frames and are added to the timeline of the video. My randomly selected frame? #927 –