America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song

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America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released July 1972
Recorded July 1970
Length 32:57
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Butler
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Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song is a concept album and the 40th overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1972 (see 1972 in music). As its title suggests, it comprises a number of tracks dedicated to the topic of American history, not unlike several of Cash's other Americana albums. The record is a mix of songs and narration, in which Cash attempts to describe elements of the country's past, including famous personalities like Paul Revere or Big Foot. America also includes a re-recording of "Mr. Garfield" and "The Road to Kaintuck", songs previously released as singles in 1965 on Sings the Ballads of the True West. Most of the tracks on the album were written by Cash, with some exceptions, including a rendition of the well-known song "The Battle of New Orleans" and a reading of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. The album was included on the Bear Family box set Come Along and Ride This Train.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Opening Dialogue"   Johnny Cash 0:23
2. "Paul Revere"   Johnny Cash/Glenn D. Tubb 2:17
3. "Begin West Movement"   Johnny Cash 0:26
4. "The Road to Kaintuck"   Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash 1:21
5. "To the Shining Mountains"   Johnny Cash 0:48
6. "The Battle of New Orleans"   Jimmie Driftwood 2:21
7. "Southwestward"   Johnny Cash 0:37
8. "Remember the Alamo"   Jane Bowers 2:26
9. "Opening the West"   Johnny Cash 0:56
10. "Lorena"   Charles Williams 1:50
11. "The Gettysburg Address"   Abraham Lincoln 2:38
12. "The West"   Johnny Cash 0:57
13. "Big Foot"   Johnny Cash 3:02
14. "Like a Young Colt"   Johnny Cash 0:38
15. "Mister Garfield"   Ramblin' Jack Elliott 3:53
16. "A Proud Land"   Johnny Cash 0:24
17. "The Big Battle"   Johnny Cash 3:05
18. "On Wheels and Wings"   Johnny Cash 0:30
19. "Come Take a Trip in My Airship"   Johnny Cash 1:05
20. "Reaching for the Stars"   Johnny Cash 0:42
21. "These Are My People"   Johnny Cash 2:38


  • Johnny Cash: vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Carl Perkins: electric guitar
  • Bob Wootton: electric guitar, gut-string guitar
  • WS Holland: drums
  • Marshall Grant: bass
  • Red Lane: rhythm guitar, gut string guitar
  • Chuck Cochran: piano
  • Norman Blake: rhythm guitar, gut string guitar, banjo
  • Mark Morris: percussion
  • Charlie McCoy: harmonica, bass
  • Ray Edenton: rhythm guitar

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Larry Butler
  • Dialogue written by: Johnny Cash
  • Cover design: Bill Barnes
  • Cover photo: Al Clayton


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Country Albums 3
1972 Pop Albums 176


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