By Hayden Wright
Johnny Cash might primarily be remembered as a country icon, but his influence on rock and roll shouldn’t be underestimated. That’s why The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Cash will posthumously receive the Music Masters honor for his contributions to music across multiple genres.
“Throughout his career, Johnny Cash, transcended genre boundaries and embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel,” said Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hanley added that musicians of every stripe credit Cash as both a listening favorite and a prime inspiration.
“What’s so amazing about Cash is that almost every musician you ask will tell you that they love his music—from the rockabilly and country of his Sun Records recordings in the 1950s, and his outlaw image and his famous concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin,” he said. “To his enduring love for June Carter Cash and their music work together, or his later American Recordings music that frequently saw him putting his own unique musical fingerprints on some of rock’s newest sounds.”
A tribute to Cash will take place on October 21 in Cleveland, and members of Cash’s family are expected to attend. The icon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.