Cash occupies a special place in music history--icon of country music and rock and roll. His performance at Folsom Prison is remarkable on several levels--a commentary on freedom, a comedy routine, a demonstration of discipline.
But Cash, for all his breadth, will always be a shitkicker. Joaquin Phoenix made this observation while filming Walk The Line. Cash never seemed to fit in the company of people who make a million record sales. His songs came from simplicity and poverty, his art was rough hewn and temporary.
Cash never left Arkansas, and he never had to.