October 21, 2005

Stars sign on for Johnny Cash special

By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - U2, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones and
Jerry Lee Lewis are among the luminaries set to perform at "I
Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash." The CBS special will
air November 16, two days before the theatrical release of the
Cash biopic "Walk the Line," starring Joaquin Phoenix as the
legendary musician.

Among the other acts set to put their own stamp on Cash's
songs are Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson,
Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley, as well as
Shooter Jennings, who portrays his late father, Waylon, in
"Walk the Line."

Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon (who portrays June Carter Cash
in the 20th Century Fox film) and Dennis Quaid will introduce
the performances. The special also will feature clips from
"Walk the Line" and video highlights from Cash's storied

The film soundtrack is due November 15 via Wind-Up and
includes singing by Phoenix and Witherspoon, plus tracks by
Jennings, Johnathan Rice, Waylon Payne and Tyler Hilton.