Johnny Cash’s “Personal File” album was released on a two-disc set in 2006. The first contains some originals plus lesser-known folk songs about the family, which he loved to sing. The second contains songs that were nothing short of a testament to the depth of Cash’s faith.
“Wildwood in the Pines” is a song on the second disc of this album, a gospel song performed by Cash and written by one-time son-in-law and friend Rodney Crowell. Crowell recounts his inspiration in writing this particular song for his mother, who told him… son, God blessed you with the ability to write songs. So you’d better write a sacred song for Him. You can hear Crowell and Johnny’s son John Carter Cash narrate the history and selection of songs for the “Personal File” album at PRX.org.