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Reviews - June Carter Cash


There are so many wonderful things said by or about June Carter Cash so here's a few of them. Got a favorite that's not on here? Leave a comment or send a message and we'll post it.


"My generation knew June Carter as Johnny Cash's wife, as the woman who wrote Ring of Fire and as part of the Carter Family. By the time I became aware of her, she was this really seductive, Appalachian mountain princess who had captured Johnny Cash's eye. We didn't realize what my parents' generation knew, which was that June was the funniest of the Carter Sisters. Her act was this absurd, comedic take on herself."
Dwight Yoakam

"What June did for me was post signs along the way, lift me up when I was weak, encourage me when I was discouraged, and love me when I felt alone and unlovable. She's the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close."
Johnny Cash in his autobiography

"When you don't have much of a voice and harmony is all around you, you reach out and pick something you can use. In my case, it was just plain guts. Since I couldn't sing, I talked a lot and tried to cover up all the bad notes with laughter."
June Carter in Among My Klediments

"Huckleberry humor and wholesome sex appeal."
Mark Zwonitzer describing June's personality

"When June Carter and the Carter Family came along on the tours, Johnny hired the entire Carter Family. Of course, he and June started lookin at each other acroos the microphone. The sparks were definitely starting to heat up. That whole thing started right there, and from there on there was no other girl singer on his shows. It overwhelmed everybody. Gordon Terry and I could see it coming on. We would look at eachother, shake our heads and say, "This thing is coming on like a truckload of turkeys." You just knew."
Johnny Western

"John and June always seemed like the ideal couple. They always seemed so concerned, or foolish, about one another. You can really tell if it's make-believe of put-on or the real thing. Theirs was the real, real thing. They seemed very devoted to one another. The way he'd speak to her, in a kind voice. Anything she wanted, why, it was all right, she could go ahead and do it. He just seemed to want to give her things all the time, and she was awful kind and good to him. They seemed very suited to one another."
Janette Carter

"I chose to be Mrs. Johnny Cash in my life. I decided I'd allow him to be Moses, and I'd be Moses' brother Aaron, picking his arms up and padding along behind him. I stayed in submission to my husband, and he allowed me to do anything I wanted to. I felt like I was lucky to have that kind of romance."
June Carter on being Mrs. Johnny Cash

"June was always so kind, and good to everybody. She was a good woman. And it's a cliche but its true what they say: Behind every good man is a good woman. John R. Cash was a good man, and and she always stood behind him."
Peggy Knight

"June was mother to us all. The kids, the family, friends, staff, fans, people she just saw on the street-everybody came under her wing.
June couldn't stand for anybody to be hurt or be in need. She was always there with money, or a prayer, or a hleping hand, or a kind word."
Peggy Knight

"I had a Ford Falcon station wagon, with no air conditioning. June said, 'That's OK, we'll drive fast.' "
Merle Kilgore on traveling with June

''I had a great love for acting, and maybe, if I hadn't gotten to know Johnny Cash better, my life would have been different.''

June in the liner notes of Press On

"She was such a rock for Johnny, and I think the world saw that,Her strength was immeasurable. They were meant to be together.''
Friend Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

''He was so wild, but they were madly in love.''
Merle Kilgore on the love of June and Johnny

"He said that anytime he wasn't working, all he could do was think about June and he didn't want to be alive. When he was working, there were people around, and there was music going on, and he was singing, and it was a reason to continue on. Because without that, there was none."
Rick Rubin on Johnny Cash's reaction to June's death

"I think he knew even then that his days were numbered. He knew his health was not good. And I think he missed that dear woman. I think he died of a broken heart."
Larry Gatlin on Johnny Cash's death

''The everlasting image welded into my memory of the two of them is Jackson. When John and June did Jackson, it was just hot as pistols, fever-pitched sexuality.''
Dwight Yoakam on June and Johnny

''If you always follow your heart, that old heart will get you in trouble. If you have boundaries that hem and haw and fly up in the air, you might as well give up. 'Cause that heart will go boogety, boogety, boogety, and you'll get messed up.''
June in the Nashville Banner in 1990

''How can you be any purer than pure if your name is Carter? How can you get away from being a Carter? There's a part of you that's gonna come through. How do you keep from doing it? It's what you're born to do.''
June on being a Carter in The Tennessean in 1999

''Nobody could ever have a truer companion through the sickness as June was. We're closer now than we've ever been in our lives. We've seen a lot of them die and fall, seen great artists bite the dust, but she and I have fought together and fought for each other, and we're one.''
Johnny Cash in The Tennessean in 2000.

''Our lives are entwined with the people over the footlights. We are a part of them.''
June on the audience


“I remember when I fell into June’s Ring Of Fire....The flame of our love still burns. Burns, burns.”
Johnny Cash

“Life is rich when I can come home, after hours in the studio, feeling as frayed as a hundred Big G strings, and curl up to June Carter. She’s a soft, fluffy Mama Bear. That’s when I give God a ‘Thanks a lot, Chief’.”
Johnny Cash in his liner notes for The Man Comes Around

"Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, I got on my knees and told her that I was going to marry her some day. We were both married to someone else at the time. ‘Ring Of Fire’—June and Merle Kilgore wrote that song for me-that’s the way our love affair was. We fell madly in love and we worked together all the time, toured together all the time, and when the tour was over we both had to go home to other people. It hurt.”
Johnny Cash

“We had probably the hottest show on WSM back then. According to Artists Service, the outfit that booked dates for Opry acts back then, WSM made more money from The Carter Sisters, and from Mother Maybelle and the Carters, than they made from anyone else on the Opry. We went through a year of working shows with Hank Williams when he said, 'I will not close for the Carter broads.’ And it’s true. Hank never closed for us.”
June on the Carter Family in the 1950s

“I first heard of [him] through Elvis Presley. Elvis would make me go into these little cafés and listen to John [on the jukebox] when we played in the South—in the Carolinas and all down through Florida and Georgia. Then, one night backstage at the Opry, this man walked up to me and said, 'I want to meet you, I’m Johnny Cash.’ And I said, 'Well I oughta know who you are. Elvis can’t even tune his guitar unless he goes, “Everybody knows where you go when the sun goes down.”
June on first hearing Johnny Cash

“John had four daughters the day I married him, and I had two. That gave me six daughters right off the bat, so all of a sudden I’m a big mother now. And then I had our son, John Carter. And then—I don’t remember what year it was, but this was another big surprise—I was named Youth for Christ mother of the year. I said to myself, 'How did I get this?’ And I thought, 'Good Lord, I’ve got seven kids, that’s how I did it.’ I was still working on the road and carrying one of them with me. John Carter would be waiting in the wings until I’d done my part on the show and could run right off and nurse him.”
June on being a mother

“It was just a choice I made. I guess I could have tried to record, but I didn’t. I didn’t even give it a thought. My ex-sons-in-law, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart and Nick Lowe, all would say, 'What’s wrong with you? Why don’t you record again?’ And I’d say, 'Well, I’m awful busy.’ ”
June on waiting 25 years to record again

“Vicki had never been caught up in my music or anything like it. But one night, while standing in the wings with Tom Petty and Rick Rubin, she asked Rick if I was ever gonna record again. And Rick said to her, 'I’d love to see her record. Why don’t you do it?’ So Rick asked me if I would talk to Vicki, who had been thinking about starting her own label. He gave me her number and I called her up and she said, 'I love that song about I used to be somebody. It made me cry. And if it can make me cry, as tough as I am, it can make a lot of people cry.’ ”
June on Vicki Hamilton, Producer of Press On

“I tried in two weeks’ time to teach Elvis everything that I had learned during the whole time I had gone to school. When he first started, he was way over the top. And I thought, 'Please, Elvis, don’t embarrass me. Please don’t take a bad movie. You could do a part like Brando. Don’t do this to me.’ But he did. And do you know that I have never to this day seen one of those movies all the way through. I was disappointed. Because I knew an Elvis that was capable of doing so much more.”
June on teaching Elvis acting

“Kazan came to see me one Saturday night at the Opry. I didn’t know it was him at first. All I knew was there was this strange little man who kept following me around. He had a camera, and he kept taking my picture, all kinds of ways. Finally, he walked up to me and said, 'My name is Elia Kazan and I wonder if you’ll come with me and go get a little something to drink.’ So we went across to Linebaugh’s, down there on Lower Broad, and got a Coke and he said, 'I’m going to make a movie in New York. I need to go around and see what country music is like. Will you take me to some of the country places around here?’ Kazan stayed in Nashville for two weeks and then said, 'I really wish you would come to New York City. I want you to go to school.’ I said, 'Gosh, I have a little girl. What am I gonna do?’ 'You’ll take her with you,’ he said. 'And if you don’t have the money, I’ll send you.’ I said, 'Oh, I have the money. If I go, I don’t wanna be beholden to you in any way. I’m also a good old girl, and I’ll stay that way, thank you. And Mother Maybelle will skin you alive if you try to make it any other way.’ ”
June on meeting Elia Kazan

“I was thrown into this group of people. I didn’t know what they believed, or if they even believed in God at all. I’m not a Pentecostal. I was raised in the Methodist church, but one of my first memories was looking for Jesus’ face in the clouds—looking there, just searching for it—and I never once ever thought there was any other way. And here I am praying, not just saying the blessing before every meal, but praying for every person I met.”
June on first visiting New York

“It was the greatest compliment that Sandy could have ever paid me. Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Gregory Peck—these wonderful people who he taught were all in Washington to watch him to get this presidential award, and he had to choose someone to give it to him. And of all these people who won Academy Awards, I am the person he chose. That let me know, according to Sandy Meisner, that I could have won an Academy Award, if I had chosen to go that way.”
June on presenting Sandy Meisner with the Kennedy Center Award

“I’ll never forget June Carter in this chartreuse-green chiffon dress, doing her comedy bit. She kept me in stitches. Her timing is so great.”
Connie Smith on June's comedy

“I think God put his hand on The Carter Family and said, 'OK, you can be A.P. Carter, you can be Maybelle Carter, you can be Sara Carter.’ God also put his hand on people like Hank Williams, and said, 'You can be Hank Williams,’ and to Johnny Cash, 'You can be Johnny Cash.’ And God put his hand on Elvis Presley and said, 'You can be Elvis Presley.’ But God has done that very few times. And God has been good enough to let me stand in the shadow of all these people—people that have either been very close to me, or that have been my blood. And somewhere God has said, 'OK, June, you are a part of this.’ If you stop and think about it, that’s an awfully powerful thing.”
June on being part of history

"When Reese smiles, it's like she's smiling from inside - my mom was like that."
Carlene Carter 2005

"I'm so tired I can barely wiggle." June Carter

"That makes a full set Patrick." " All My Babies are sober now ." June Carter Cash to Patrick Carr

"My Mama Says when i was a baby she used to have to put this Elvis Presley record for me to go to sleep"Carlene Carter

"Honey , you are doing all the things i always knew you could do" June Carter Cash talking to Her Daughter Carlene Carter

"June was a natural born clown, if there ever was one"
Carl Smith

"I've been really happy just traveling and being Mrs. Johnny Cash all these years. But I'm also really happy and surprised that someone wanted me to make another album, and I'm real proud of what I've done."
-June Carter, reflecting on her 1999 album "Press On".

"I have always enjoyed being a part of his life. I've always loved him, and he's always loved me."
-June Carter talking about her husband Johnny Cash (2002)

"June was around a fair amount. She was his support system. Kept him
going. She completed him. He was quiet and very shy, and she wasn't.
It's like it balanced him out. It took the pressure off him. When she
was there, he was off the hook because it was The June Show. He liked
that. It was a lot to carry The Johnny Show."
Rick Rubin on June's contribution to Johnny's American Recordings

"We're soulmates, friends and lovers and everything else that makes a happy marriage. Our hearts are attuned to each other, and we're very close. I'll get up every morning at five o'clock and make the coffee, then start pacing the floor, wanting her to get up. But I'll let her sleep for a couple of more hours. If she smells the coffee, she's up."
Johnny Cash about June Carter

"I can't envision living without her. I can't envision another woman in this house. The lady of the house is her spot. She's always been there, and she's dependable, trustworthy, loyal, kind and cheerful — all of the parts of the Boy Scouts."
Johnny Cash about June Carter

"He told me after my mother passed away, “Your mother and I were more in love when she passed away than we ever have been.” That love grew in great leaps and bounds. They were real. My parents were real people. They didn’t put on airs or false faces. They were what they were. "
John Carter Cash on his parent's love affair

“I think the really remarkable thing about her character is that she did all of these things that we sort of see as normal things in the 1950s when it wasn’t really acceptable for a woman to be married and divorced twice and have two different children by two different husbands and travel around in a car full of very famous musicians all by herself. She didn’t try to comply to social convention, so I think that makes her a very modern woman. Really, a woman who set a pace for someone like myself and created opportunities for someone like myself to be a working mother and be an artist. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to be her.”
Reese Witherspoon on playing June Carter in the movie Walk the Line

"I was never looking back in regret. I never thought, Oh, why didn't I become an actress? or Why did I just go paddling along after John? I've always walked along right by his side, and he's always supported everything I do."
June Carter

"I worked with John, but I had enough sense to walk just a little ways behind him. I could have made more records, but I wanted to have a marriage."
June Carter

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