Like a true Outsider, Johnny Cash liked to escape to the woods to relax.
The Man in Black may have raised hell on stages during the early years of his career. However, during his later years, Johnny Cash enjoyed a simpler life. Yes, he was living in a 14,000 square foot home in Tennessee. So, maybe” simple” isn’t the word. Nevertheless, in his later years, Cash preferred the peace of his own backyard to stadiums full of screaming fans. In fact, Cash had a two-room shack in the middle of the woods on his land where he liked to escape to and read. During an interview, Cash talked about his escape and outdoor hobbies.
“We own a mansion,” said Cash. “But that’s home. We’re dug into it. I got some woods over there, maybe 80 acres of woods. In the middle there’s just a two-room shack. I’ll go over there and sit around – read a lot. I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get. Some of those stories are as wild as any HG Wells could drum up. And that Jesus! He really cuts me up! I worship him, but he tickles me to death.”
When he wasn’t reading in the woods, Johnny Cash enjoyed gardening. But he had to do it early in the morning to avoid tourists around his home.
“I raise beans, peas, okra, cabbage, squash. I got an orchard with Jonathan and Bartlett pears, Winesip apples, and I’ll have Chinese chestnuts and paper-shell pecans,” said Cash.
Part of Cash’s garden includes the land where Roy Orbison’s house burned down and killed his two sons. So, when Cash bought the land, he promised that something good would grow from the land. Like the good-soul he is, Cash kept his promise.
Before She Ever Met Him, June Carter Used To Rock Her Daughter To Sleep With Johnny Cash Songs
June Carter met Johnny Cash during a show in the 1950s. But she had heard rave reviews about the country music star long before she ever met him. In fact, she liked his music so much that she used to rock her daughter to sleep while listening to Folsom Prison Blues. During an interview, she talked about when she first heard about Johnny Cash.
Little did either of them know that their love story would become one of the most iconic in all of country music history.