Throughout Johnny Cash's career he always played Martin guitars. (he almost exclusively played the D28 and D42 models). In 1996 Martin Guitars produced a very limited edition D42-JC, a black D42 guitar. Only 80 D42-JCs were produced, and Martin & Co. gave #1 to Johnny Cash. The remaining 79 guitars were distributed on a special order basis to Martin dealers throughout the world.
To commemorate the Wind-up Records release of the original cast recording for “Walk The Line” chronicling Cash's life, Martin has created a limited production run of the Martin D-28 Special "Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" Limited Edition. The guitar is a black D-28, labeled inside with the following:
"To commemorate the release of Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In memory of Johnny Cash 1932-2003".
The production run has been limited to only 12 units, and number 1 is to be presented to Joaquin Phoenix (the actor playing Cash in the film). The remaining 11 guitars will be given away through a variety of exclusive contests.
Walk the Line
He came into the world a sharecropper's son, but he lived the life of an outlaw king. He was the bold voice of rebellion, the man in black who forever changed the face of rock and roll. He was Johnny Cash.
Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® nominee Joaquin Phoenix stars as the inimitable Cash in the film WALK THE LINE, the fiery story of a man who turned a life of pain and promise into a musical legacy that stirred millions. Golden Globe nominee Reese Witherspoon stars as June Carter, an entertainer in her own right and the woman who would forever change Johnny’s life.
Walk the Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features performances by Phoenix and Witherspoon in addition to several notable cast members / musical talents, including Grammy® Award-winning country and blues artist Shelby Lynne, who makes her feature debut as Johnny Cash's mother, Carrie Cash; alternative country/rock artist Shooter Jennings, son of country legend Waylon Jennings, who portrays his father in the film; recording artist and record producer John Carter Cash, Johnny and June's youngest son, who plays Memphis deejay Bob Neal; rock and blues artist Waylon Payne, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis; and singer/songwriter Tyler Hilton, who plays Elvis Presley.
Music direction is by T Bone Burnett, the renowned blues musician who produced scores for "Cold Mountain" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Soundtrack available on Wind-up Records beginning Tuesday November 15, 2005
Film opens in North America on Friday November 18, 2005.