Kacey Musgraves headlined the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater earlier this week as part of her Oh, What A World Tour, and she brought someone special with her. Her husband, and fellow singer/songwriter, Ruston Kelly.
During her set, Ruston joined her for a performance of “To June This Morning,” a song they recorded for Johnny Cash: Forever Words, a tribute album that took a handful of Cash’s unreleased poems and arranged them as original music compositions.
“There were words that were written February 2nd, 1970, titled “To June This Morning.” In the poem, from that cold morning describes my mother coming down the stairs of their home on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. February 2nd, 1970,” says son John Carter Cash. “At the time, my mother was eight months pregnant with me. So as she came down those stairs, carrying that burden within her body, the hope within him welled up greatly, and the joy and the love flourished. I went to a friend of mine named Ruston Kelly, and I asked him if he would be interested in looking at one of my father’s poems and possibly putting it to music.”
I got chills.
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