The Baron (album)

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The Baron
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released June 1981
Recorded March 1981
except "The Baron" September 1980
Genre Country, folk
Length 30:36
Label Columbia
Producer Billy Sherrill
Johnny Cash chronology
Classic Christmas
The Baron

The Baron is the 66th album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1981 (see 1981 in music). The title track was a top ten hit, and four singles in all - including "Mobile Bay", "Reverend Mr. Black" and "Chattanooga City Limit Sign" - were released, though the latter three were rather unsuccessful in the charts, peaking at No. 60, No. 71 and No. 71 respectively.

Cash recorded the album with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill. Other sessions with him would be released on the 2014 album Out Among the Stars.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Baron"   Paul Richey, Billy Sherrill, Jerry Lee Taylor 3:37
2. "Mobile Bay"   David Kirby, Curly Putman 3:01
3. "The Hard Way"   Jerry Lynn Lansdowne 2:59
4. "Ceiling, Four Walls and a Floor"   Tom T. Hall 2:40
5. "Hey, Hey, Train"   Marty Stuart 2:42
6. "Reverend Mr. Black"   Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Billy Edd Wheeler 3:11
7. "The Blues Keep Getting Bluer"   Ron Reynolds 2:34
8. "Chattanooga City Limit Sign"   Robert Rhett Drawdy 3:52
9. "Thanks to You"   Jerry Lynn Lansdowne 2:29
10. "Greatest Love Affair"   Mack David, Billy Sherrill 3:31


  • Johnny Cash - vocals, guitar
  • Pete Wade, Phil Baugh, Billy Sanford, Robert Wray, Pete Bordonall - guitar
  • Marty Stuart - guitar, fiddle
  • Pete Drake, Weldom Myrick - steel guitar
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Bobby Wood - piano
  • Terry Jacks- guitar
  • Bobby Emmons - keyboards
  • Terry McMillan, Charlie McCoy - harmonica
  • Jerry Kroon - bass
  • Jerry Carrigan, Kenny Malone - drums
  • Lea Jane Berinati, Millie Forrest, Janie Fracke, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham, Lousi Nunely, Gordon Stocker, Hurshel Wignton - background vocals

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 24
U.S. Billboard 200 201


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1981 "The Baron" 10 6
"Mobile Bay" 60
1982 "The Reverend Mr. Black" 71
"Chattanooga City Limit Sign" flip