The original man in black: Johnny Cash; alt-Country from Uncle Tupelo; the wait is over for new Wilco; Muswell Hillbilly and The Kinks; a take on Bill Withers from Eva Cassidy; and a beautiful debut from Norah Jones.
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Johnny Cash celebrates his 70th birthday February 2002 with the release of a new 2-CD collection of greatest hits: The Essential Johnny Cash.
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Uncle Tupelo recorded for only a few years, but left a mark still rippling through alternative country music scene.
Wilco's previous label refused to put out this album, saying it was too weird. Fortunately for fans everywhere, Nonesuch picked it up and plans to release it April, 2002.
The Kinks were banned from performing in the US for much of the late '60s, but still managed to change the course of American rock and roll.
Eva Cassidy died of melanoma before gaining widespread popularity. This album was released posthumously.
Though she's reluctant to talk about it, Norah Jones is the daughter of legendary sitarist, Ravi Shankar. Her sound, however, is all her own.