Rockabilly Blues

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Rockabilly Blues
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1980
StudioQuadrafonic Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreCountry rock[1]
Johnny Cash chronology
A Believer Sings the Truth
Rockabilly Blues
Classic Christmas
Singles from Rockabilly Blues
  1. "Cold Lonesome Morning"
    Released: August 1980
  2. "The Last Time"
    Released: November 1980
  3. "Without Love"
    Released: January 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic link
Robert ChristgauB− link

Rockabilly Blues is the 64th album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1980. Highlights include "Cold Lonesome Morning," which had some minor chart success (No. 53 in the country charts), "Without Love," by his son-in-law, Nick Lowe, and a cover of the witty "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over." The first two of the aforementioned songs were the only singles from the album, though "Without Love" hardly enjoyed any chart success, peaking at No. 78. "The Twentieth Century is Almost Over" was re-recorded five years later by Cash and Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, collectively known as The Highwaymen, on their first album entitled Highwayman, though it was, in essence, a duet with Nelson.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Cold Lonesome Morning"J.R. CashEarl Poole Ball3:21
2."Without Love"Nick LoweNick Lowe2:26
3."W-O-M-A-N"J.R. CashEarl Poole Ball3:21
4."The Cowboy Who Started the Fight"Billy Joe ShaverEarl Poole Ball3:46
5."The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over"Steve Goodman, John PrineEarl Poole Ball3:38
Side two
6."Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955)"J.R. CashEarl Poole Ball3:18
7."The Last Time"Kris KristoffersonEarl Poole Ball3:12
8."She's a Go-er"J.R. CashEarl Poole Ball2:28
9."It Ain't Nothing New Babe"Billy Joe ShaverJack Clement4:02
10."One Way Rider" (with June Carter Cash)Rodney CrowellJack Clement3:16



  • Album produced by Earl Poole Ball
  • "Without Love" produced by Nick Lowe
  • "It Ain't Nothing New Babe" and "One Way Rider" produced by Jack Clement
  • Engineers: Gene Eichelberger at Quadrafonic Studio, Nashville, TN; Curt Allen at JMI Recording Studio, Nashville, TN; Dave Edmunds at U.K. Pro Studio, London, England
  • Back-up Engineers: Willie Pevear, Barbara Cline at Quadraphonic Studio, Nashville TN
  • Recorded at Quadraphonic Studio, JMI Recording Studio, U.K. Pro Studio
  • Front Cover Photography: Leonard Kamsler
  • Reissue Producer: Dave Nives
  • Project Coordinator: Kajetan Koci
  • Reissue Designer: Suzanne Ammon

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1980) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Albums 23


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1980 "Cold Lonesome Morning" 53 74
"The Last Time" 85
1981 "Without Love" 78 68


  1. ^ "Rockabilly Blues - Johnny Cash | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Review: Johnny Cash – Rockabilly Blues" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 85, no. 40. 4 October 1980. p. 110. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via American Radio History.

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