John Carter Cash has been involved in music all his life and is an accomplished and award winning record producer and music video and film prroducer, writer and director. Also, a singer-songwriter and author, his works within the creative world reach far beyond just music production. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only child from the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy. He is caretaker to the musical heritage of his ancestors.
He began his walk as a music producer with his mother June Carter Cash on her CD, Press On, which won a Grammy in 1999. He then went on to work with Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash’s Grammy-winning records “American III: Solitary Man” and “American IV: The Man Comes Around”, the latter receiving three CMA awards. He also produced his mother’s record “Wildwood Flower” , which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album in 2003. His 2004 production “Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family” received three Grammy nominations. John Carter is co-Producer on Marty Stuart’s album, Badlands. His production on Billy Joe Shaver’s “Everybody’s Brother”, helped earn a Grammy nomination in 2007. He has worked extensively with Loretta Lynn since 2008, co-producing over one hundred songs for the country legend. Loretta’s 2016 release “Full Circle” received immense critical acclaim.
John Carter has produced hundreds of recordings for dozens of artists within the past twenty years, including Dr. Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, George Jones, Dailey and Vincent, Mavis Staples, Brooks & Dunn, Lynda Carter, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheryl Crow, John Randaland Jessi Alexander, Josh Turner, Kris Kristofferson, Normanand Nancy Blake, Jewel, Tim O' Brien, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wylie and the Wild West, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Earland Randy Scruggs, Rosanne Cash, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, and John Prine. In total, he has been a producer on five Grammy Award winning records.
John Carter’s first music album titled “Bitter Harvest,” was released only to the international market in 2003. His 2010 album “The Family Secret”, is available everywhere and received a three starred review in Rolling Stone. His album, “We Must Believe in Magic” was released in the spring of 2017.
THE CASH COLLECTIVE, a band project album with guitarist Justin Johnson called “Hey Crow” was released in 2020
He is the author of three children’s books, “Momma Loves Her Little Son”, “Daddy Loves His Little Girl”, and, “The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit.”He wrote his mother’s biography, “Anchored in Love”and “House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash”on his personal relationship with his father. His first novel, a fantasy titled “Lupus Rex”, was released June of 2013. He is also the author of “The Cash and Carter Family Cookbook.”
He owns and operates Cash Cabin Enterprises, LLC in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and does most of his music production work in the Cash Cabin Studio, the same studio where his father recorded hundreds of songs, years ago. He is the husband of entertainer, songwriter and author Ana Cristina Cash, and father to five children: James Kristoffer Cash, Grace June Cash, Jack Ezra Cash, Anna Maybelle Cash, and Joseph John Cash.