Coming November 11th, the YouTube Originals documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash explores the Country icon’s “artistic victories, the personal tragedies, the struggles with addiction, and the spiritual pursuits” that drove his life. Tuesday (October 1st), fans got a first taste from the trailer.
The two-and-a-half-minute teaser mixes archival footage and photos of the Arkansas native with interview excerpts and testimonials from friends and fellow musicians about the deeply spiritual legend’s restless, relentless drive to perform, record and testify on wax. “I’m thankful that God has inspired me to write. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for the gift,” Cash says in his signature rumbling baritone in the sneak peek. Check it out below.
The movie was created with the full cooperation of the Cash estate and uses his legendary 1968 gig at Folsom Prison as a central motif for the deep dive into Cash’s life. Among the film’s co-producers is Carter’s son, John Carter Cash, and his beloved wife, June Carter Cash; it will also feature original music composed and performed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.