John Carter Cash's Tribute to June

February 20, 2007 — The only son of Johnny and June Carter Cash is keeping his mother's memory alive with a tribute album featuring songs written by or associated with her. Billboard reports that Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris and Brad Paisley are among the artists appearing on Anchored in Love, produced by John Carter and scheduled for release on June 19.

"Not every song on the record is one she wrote," says John Carter, noting Brad's performance of "Keep on the Sunny Side" and Loretta's rendition of "Wildwood Flower," songs that June learned from her mother, Maybelle Carter. "Some are things she perpetuated through the years."

June's daughter Carlene Carter performs the Johnny & June duet "Jackson" with Ronnie Dunn, and stepdaughter Rosanne Cash sings a gospel tune called "Wings of Angels." Other tracks include Willie and Sheryl's duet on "If I Were a Carpenter" and Elvis Costello's rendition of "Ring of Fire."

John Carter has also written a biography of his mother, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, which will be released on the same day as the album. "I felt that this book was a very healing thing for me to do," he says. "It put me in touch with her and her spirit."