Johnny Cash

28 Jun

I have this inkling that the Irish like Johnny Cash.

The first clue should have been in 2008, when Josh and I vacationed here.  We stayed at Markee Castle and while poking around it, we noticed that one room was the Johnny Cash room.  We figured he must have stayed there at some point.

Now, I’ll confess, Johnny Cash wasn’t big on my radar.  Country music didn’t really infiltrate my childhood in Chicago.  However, during my time in Arkansas, I did learn more about him.  My in-laws are big fans, as is Josh.

But it was when we first moved to Dublin last year, at a night out at a pub, when I began to notice this Irish love affair.  There was a singer that night, and he did not one, but two Johnny Cash songs, to which the entire pub sang along with.


After that, I started noticing it here and there.  I’ve heard more Johnny Cash in Ireland than I did in the US.  (Again, granted, I lived in Chicago for the first 20 years of life, so I had a late start.)  I’d hear it here, and there, and always at pubs.  Even two weeks ago, after Ireland lost its second Euro 2012 game, when they turned on music, it was Johnny Cash.

Yesterday, I won 5 cd’s from the radio station (Phantom 105.2).  I knew one of them was Regina Spektor’s new one, and I was geeked.  The cd’s were popped in the mail and thanks to Ireland’s freakishly fast postal service, Mr. Postman showed up today with an envelope of cd’s.

And I laughed.

One of them?  Was a Johnny Cash cd.

I’ll admit – I’m slightly geeked about it.  (I know Josh is going to love it.)

And now you know – if you want to be completely prepared for a sing-a-long in an Irish pub, forget Molly Malone.  You need to know some Johnny Cash.


4 Responses to “Johnny Cash”

  1. Renee Anne June 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I suppose it’s a good thing that I know some Johnny Cash, then 🙂

    Funnily enough, it did not infiltrate my life in southern Wisconsin…or so I thought. I found out that I knew more Johnny Cash songs than I thought I did.

  2. Julie Berberich June 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    The music he recorded later in his life with Rick Rubin producing is some of the best music ever. I love his early stuff, too. Yes, I am a huge fan of Johnny Cash. Be sure to check out the American Recordings (label) This just goes to show how intelligent Irish folks really are!

  3. Julie Berberich June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Renee, just read your comment post. I am from southern WI, too!!!

  4. Nancy June 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I always hated country music when i was younger. But my taste in music has changed a little bit to include Johnny Cash. Plus i really liked the song by Gotye that you post the other week.

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