Rockabilly Blues

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Rockabilly Blues
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released October 1980
Recorded December 1979 -
July 1980
Length 32:48
Language English
Label Columbia
Johnny Cash chronology
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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
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Cold Lonesome Morning" J.R. Cash Earl Poole Ball 3:21
2. "Without Love" Nick Lowe Nick Lowe 2:26
3. "W-O-M-A-N" Cash Earl Poole Ball 3:21
4. "The Cowboy Who Started the Fight" Billy Joe Shaver Earl Poole Ball 3:46
5. "The Twentieth Century is Almost Over" Steve Goodman, John Prine Earl Poole Ball 3:38
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
6. "Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955)" Cash Earl Poole Ball 3:18
7. "The Last Time" Kris Kristofferson Earl Poole Ball 3:12
8. "She's a Go-er" Cash Earl Poole Ball 2:28
9. "It Ain't Nothing New Babe" Billy Joe Shaver Jack Clement 4:02
10. "One Way Rider" (with June Carter Cash) Rodney Crowell Jack Clement 3:16



  • 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
"Last Time" 85
1981 "Without Love" 78 68


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