Larry Gatlin, the man Johnny Cash called “Pilgrim,” and the Gatlin Brothers are back to recording under the force of Larry Gatlin’s pen. With the upcoming release of The Pilgrimage, their new album on CURB Records, the Gatlins celebrate their love and respect for Mr. Cash and collaborate with John Carter Cash as producer.
One night, Larry Gatlin was having dinner with his son, Joshua Cash Gatlin (named after Johnny Cash). Over dinner, they discussed the various changes in the music business: the way songs are written, they way they are produced, they way they are distributed, etc.
Gatlin thought for a minute, looked over at his son and said, “The music business will never be the same… after all, Johnny Cash is dead and his house burned down.”
Upon hearing himself utter these words, Gatlin immediately flipped the table’s placemat over and began writing. At a subsequent dinner, not long afterward, Gatlin joined Mike Curb and walked away from the table with a record deal.
“I had dinner with Mr. Curb one night, on a totally unrelated topic,” explains Gatlin, “and was shocked to be offered a record deal by one of the most respected music industry professionals in Nashville… and then we were off to the races!”
And now the single “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down” is garnering the attention of many and lighting up the media as did Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers on their live performance of the song on FOX TV’s “Huckabee” show this past weekend.
“Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down” is not just any single. There is an incredible story to be told here. A story of a lifelong friendship. A story of how this “Pilgrim,” Larry Gatlin, was taken under the wing of Country Music’s most beloved outlaw, Johnny Cash, and molded into what he and his brothers have become today.
For more information regarding this remarkable story, click the link below. The Pilgrimage is currently slated for a 2009 release.