Johnny Cash’s Last Song, “Like The 309″

Rick Rubin recalls Johnny Cash’s last days in the new Rolling Stone. Cash called the producer the day after June died.

RICK RUBIN: He told me, ‘I have to get to work. If you don’t have something for me to do every day, I’m going to die.’ He really believed music was the only thing he had left to live for.

Nearly blind and wheelchair-bound, Cash recorded thirty songs until his death four months later. His frail whisper of a baritone makes this different than the other Americans.

RICK RUBIN: It’s a hard record to listen to and it’s really sad, and it’s beautiful. I absolutely love it. It’s the music he wanted people to hear.

American V: A Hundred Highways contains the last song Johnny wrote, “Like The 309.” Stream it at MySpace.

Everybody take a look
See, I’m doing fine
Then load my box on the 309.

Cash released his first single fifty-one years ago this week. The final chapter in the American series hits stores on the 4th of July.