John R. “Johnny” Cash (born J.R Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as acountry music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal led to Cash being inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, theRock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Late in his career, Cash covered songs by several rock artists.
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice; for the “boom-chicka-boom” freight train sound of his Tennessee Three backing band; for his rebelliousness, coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor; for providing free concerts inside prison walls; and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”. He traditionally started his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” and usually following it up with his standard “Folsom Prison Blues.”
The Johnny Cash Project allows contributors to contribute one frame of a video that they have re-interpreted using online drawing tools. The finished video is be made up of hundreds of individual frames and will accompany the release of “Ain’t No Grave,” Cash’s final studio recording.