Unreleased Johnny Cash & Ray Charles duet, “Why Me Lord”

What a treat!  “A lost Johnny Cash and Ray Charles duet unearthed by a music fan has just been released. Although Cash said he was “so proud” to have recorded Why Me Lord with the soul singer, the song never made it on to an album. It appears on a new Ray Charles compilation, Rare Genius.”  It’s a Kris Kristofferson original, with Cash and Charles providing some serious gospel love to Jesus.  And knowing how difficult both of their lives were with drugs and women, lends the song an extra dose of emotional resonance.  When Cash says, “lord help me Jesus my soul’s in your hands” it really feels like a plead from the two guys who are desperate for salvation.

Mp3: Ray Charles Ft. Johnny Cash –  “Why Me Lord

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