January 26, 2012 – 4:33 am

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Virginia 2003 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, Virginia; July 5, 2003. Excellent soundboard.

The strain showed but it was still a solid performance. Johnny Cash was a trouper right until the end.

The Wikipedia reported:

June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003, at the age of 73. June had told Johnny Cash to keep working, so he continued to record, completing 60 more songs in the last four months of his life, and even performed a couple of surprise shows at the Carter Family Fold outside Bristol, Virginia. At the July 5, 2003 concert (his last public performance), before singing Ring Of Fire, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage:

“The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.”

Cash died of complications from diabetes at approximately 2 am CT on September 12, 2003 while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville - less than four months after his wife. He was 71. It was suggested that Johnny’s health worsened due to a broken heart over June’s death. He was buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Thanks to Blindopolis for sharing the tracks on Demonoid.

Thanks to JTT for the screenshot.

For those who are keen, they can search out the DVD featuring Johnny Cash’s last performances at the Carter Family Fold on June 21 and July 5, 2003 respectively. And some fans have reported that they could only watch it once, it was too painful to watch it again.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro (Janette Carter) (4.0MB)
Track 02. Folsom Prison Blues (5.4MB)
Track 03. I Walk The Line (4.8MB)
Track 04. Sunday Morning Coming Down (8.2MB)
Track 05. Ring Of Fire (7.1MB)
Track 06. Angel Band (7.3MB)
Track 07. Big River (4.2MB)
Track 08. Understand Your Man (7.8MB)

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  1. 11 Responses to “JOHNNY CASH - THE FINAL SHOW 2003”

  2. hey bigo, will get, thanks!!! i’m a huge johnny cash fan. if one only bought one johnny cash album, it should be live at folsom prison. it and orange blossom special were the first two i ever bought.

    i have several shows but not this one. i like his later period with rick rubin, but his best stuff is from the 50-60’s. he has several good albums from the 70’s too. i wish columbia would issue any old wind that blows, strawberry cake and the johnny cash show on cd. i have those on lp and a copy of strawberry cake on tape. it’s live from the london palladium, and there was a bomb threat. real punk rock.

    the only other show you’ve offered by him is the one from amsterdam. it’s good but short. it’d be nice if you could offer a show from his old days, in the future.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 26, 2012

  3. Good sound on this. Makes me sad listening to old Johnny. I’m with Ed. I’d like to hear something from his younger days.


    By sking on Jan 26, 2012

  4. Wow, it’s like listening to this great man sing from his deathbed.

    By T. Way on Jan 26, 2012

  5. Johnny Cash was a very early favorite of mine. Ed, sking and T. Way, you should look up his early recordings and early TV performances that are out there on Youtube. Especially with the Tennessee Three. Be sure to see Ring of Fire at the Ryman in Nashville.

    By 3yrsnojob on Jan 26, 2012

  6. yeah 3yearsnojob, i have several videos i recorded off cmt over the years. a good one is the thirty minute show from nashville state penitentiary. jacob green is good. then my brother recorded the san quentin special off his digital cable years ago, and it’s cool. i have the austin city limits show too. i don’t have any shows with the tennessee three, but i’ve seen clips.

    well you know his first two american recording albums are pretty good. on the first one he does a glenn danzig song called thirteen and delia’s gone which was on the sound of johnny cash originally. on the second one called unchained his backup band is tom petty and the heartbreakers, and he did a cover of rusty cage by soundgarden. i don’t have american three, solitary man, but i know he does country trash on it which is a great song from any old wind that blows. by american 4, the man comes around, he starts sounding really old and tired. it’s the one that he covered hurt by nine inch nails on and had a big hit with. i never heard anything after the man comes around. i pretty much buy old johnny cash, but there is one more prison album i don’t have. it’s from somewhere in europe.

    look up mississippi delta line you robbed me of my youth on youtube. it’s great and on the johnny cash show.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 26, 2012

  7. thanks, bigO! a great choice of artist and music.


    By I-) on Jan 26, 2012

  8. Thanks, BigO. My mom’s goal in life was to be MRS JOHNNY CASH and this will make a nice surprise for her!

    By TDC on Jan 27, 2012

  9. Matter O’ Fact 3yrs, a few days before this post was up I was busy putting Johnny Cash on my brother-in-laws ipod. About 6 albums covering the years 1955 - 1969. From Sun records & the Tennessee Two up to the Tennessee Three. Including the all time favorite Everybody Loves a Nut.(Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog). So after immersing myself in that and then hearing his voice on this it sorta brought it all around full circle. I’ll go check out those Youtubes.

    By Sking on Jan 27, 2012

  10. I agree with all of you posters in that Johnnie’s first recordings on SUN were his best. But, being a long time fan, I find this last recording of Johnny Cash to show what makes the MAN! He was a true American…like John Wayne and John Kennedy and will forever be an icon. Thanks BIGO for this. If you’d like the DVD, it is available here…

    By Tom Billings on Jan 27, 2012

  11. to Tom Billings:”Mr. Chairman, I avow that I have never been a member of the Communis- oh…uh…torrent site downloading club!” flash bulbs go off…all in black and white…the weirdo senator grimaces at me, with a stack of papers he insinuates that I am indeed involved (doesn’t matter that the pages in the stack are all blank…, and that RIAA greenbacks, stuffed into his sweaty clothes, are falling out onto the floor, there are so many).

    By 3yrsnojob on Jan 28, 2012

  12. So sad to hear his voice so shaky. Thanks for uping BigO!

    By JohnnyCash7 on Jan 10, 2014

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