Earlier today, the Johnny Cash Estate debuted the music video to “Farther Along,” from his posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The beautiful rendition of the song features Duane Eddy on guitar and the Philharmonic Orchestra backing.
The video itself features an animated video collage of a natural aesthetic. Although Johnny Cash never appears, the video still feels appropriate. Throughout the video, landscapes change, animals interact, and it shares the beauty of the natural world. Eventually, the setting reaches an old worn down house with a man playing guitar inside. The shot never reveals the man’s face, but he seems to play the melody of Duane Eddy’s guitar solo.
Johnny Cash and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
This absolutely gorgeous album from Johnny Cash and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra features 12 arrangements of classic Johnny Cash songs. The mix combines vintage Cash vocal tracks with breathtaking arrangements from the Philharmonic Orchestra. The mix is tasteful, the arrangements perfectly fitting, and the song selections were extremely well chosen.
There really couldn’t be a more lovely and fitting combination than Johnny Cash and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestral arrangements to Johnny Cash vocals give the songs even more power than the originals. The backing vocals and the string movements really bring the emotion out of Cash’s voice. His son, John Carter Cash spoke on his father’s relationship and respect for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
“I remember when my father introduced me to the RPO,” writes Johnny Cash’s in his liner notes for the album. “I was around ten years old and he and I went to see three films from the James Bond saga at a festival in New York. When the theme for Goldfinger began, he leaned over to me. ‘That’s the finest orchestra in the world, son, he said. ‘That’s the Royal Philharmonic.’ … He knew the music of the RPO. He respected them all throughout his life.”