I like Johnny Cash as much as the next guy, but I really couldn't ever figure out his Cult Icon Status. He's good, but he's just not that good. He had a couple good songs, and a 'cool' voice, but seriously almost everybody on Sun records was better than him. Seriously probably the most over rated country singer ever. If we were to go by talent, Jerry Lee Lewis should have 10 times the cult icon status that Cash has.
Valid point. Same with Ramones, Nirvana, AC/DC (which absofuckinlutely fuckin sucks fucking ass), Iron Maiden, and Nine Inch Nails,etc etc. I have never understood what the big deal is with those bands. They all don't play shitty music, but none of it is really hard on worthy. Mass marketing! Just like that Von Dutch fad a few years back. He was one hell of a pinstriper, but he was an arrogant Nazi prick. The god damn sheep aka teeny boppers were wearing that Von Dutch brand like a Congressional Medal of honor.
A side story(ies) of classic country artists-
George Jones used to live here in my hometown and a friend of mine bought a '36 Ford off him, he still has all the paperwork documenting this.
I had the honor of doing a restoration on Conway Twitty's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. I didn't meet him, but the car was well documented, if there's any Conway Twitty fans out there I can send you an A & W salt packet I found under the carpet.
Old Country beats the hell out of new country anyday of the week.