I remember the first time I heard "I walk The Line."
I was with Jackee, when we were in college, and she needed to buy something at the local grocery store.
I stayed in the car while she was in the store.
I had the car radio on and I heard this song for the first time.
It blew me a away.
This was in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Which is about an hour north of Nashville.
Right across the street from this grocery store, there was a restaurant that was open on a 24 hour basis.
It was know that if you were there ...say from 3am in the morning until day break, it was very likely that you'd get to see some of the biggest country music stars eating there.
Because any time they did shows north of Nashville they had to go through Bowling Green to get back to Nashville.
Because of this, they often stopped at this restaurant to get something to eat because there were no 24 hour restaurants in Nashville.
There were all kinds of stories about this.
I've tried very hard to think of the name of the restaurant and I haven't been able to do it.
I never went there during those hours.
Where I believe Cash deserves the most credit is that he was a big fan of folk songs and recorded a number of them. It's pretty obvious that he was a Kingston Trio fan.
He had a lot of folk singers on his TV show.
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