Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter ‘em that Gods gonna cut ya down! – “God’s Gonna Cut Down,” Johnny Cash

In the midst of research for a side project, I discovered that not only is there a new posthumous Johnny Cash album about to drop (American V for those keeping track), but it’s got a MySpace page. Considering MySpace’s origin as a music site, this shouldn’t be too surprising. Still, it’s taking some time to reconcile itself in my mind.

The page is worth visiting, as it contains two of the singles from the new album — the afore quoted God’s Gonna Cut Down and Cash’s final composition The 309. Both have a stark, stripped down quality that was sorely missed from the overproduced American IV.

The album, American V: A Hundred Highways, hits stores on the 4th of July and I can’t wait.

Also, any musicphiles reading this blog should check out The Hype Machine — it’s an aggregate blog which draws content from a number of music blogs. Best of all, it takes advantage of Flash technology to stream some of the most diverse and interesting MP3 content I’ve seen in a bit.