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Johnny Cash Accidentally Discovered a Psychedelic Music Trick, and It Inspired ‘I Walk the Line’

Johnny Cash’s deep-throated baritone is synonymous with country music. Yet he didn’t ignore other genres. For example, he used the same trick as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page while making one of his last albums. Years before that, Cash accidentally discovered a recording trick used in psychedelic music while still in the Air Force, and the error inspired his signature song, “I Walk the Line.”

Johnny Cash recording in his home studio with his acoustic guitar circa 1994.
Johnny Cash | Beth Gwinn/Redferns

Johnny Cash found inspiration from several moments in his life

Cash had his ears open for aural inspiration long before he made music his career. 



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