Up to today, this place in the middle of Tennessee exudes tremendous power and energy: daily live shows everywhere, innumerable recordings are taking place in studios booked
to the limit, collectors and fans looking for vinyl treasures in the numerous record stores of the town.
This house is located about 40 miles southwest of Nashville, in Bon Aqua, a small town of 6,500 inhabitants, off the main thoroughfare to Memphis. Die-hard Johnny Cash fans will recognize it right away, of course.
For many people, a prominent name may be too much of a burden and Mark Alan Cash can tell you a thing or two about this phenomenon as well. Cash’s nephew, who was born in 1962, has also led a turbulent life, went through a couple of hells due to alcohol and drugs and states that the only reason he’s still alive is his unshakable faith.
He is ranked among the greatest talents of country music: Isaac Moore, only 15 years old. Growing up in Indiana, the boy encountered traditional US sounds at the home of his grandparents at the tender age of two.
What an absolutely brilliant idea! After Johnny Cash had converted a former general store in his adopted hometown Bon Aqua into a recording studio, including a small stage, he established a music event called “Saturday Night in Hickman County”.
W.S. Holland, more commonly known by his nickname “Fluke” was the drummer in Cash’s band, the legendary Tennessee Three. Before he started playing for Johnny, Fluke had already played the drums for Rock'n'Roll heroes like Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. The 81 year old is still performing with his own band today.
Spending a snug evening with songwriter and guitar player Chance Martin inevitably leads to him telling you his favorite anecdote about his old buddy Johnny Cash. It’s the story about a trip to Las Vegas. The whole entourage – Martin then acting as Cash’s stage manager – was put up at Caesar’s Palace and the hotel management had provided a stretched limousine for Johnny Cash to use for free.
At the beginning of 2017, the cordial founder and longtime managing director, Mr. Heinz Schneckenaichner, died unexpectedly at the age of 79. In his commemoration, we publish an interview that his successor François Rousies has led with him on the occasion of the 20-year company anniversary.
A few years ago, a promising partnership between cordial and ARS Electronica has been developed. In the meantime we look back on numerous forward-looking events and joint actions and look forward to further steps. The following contribution to the 20-year cordial anniversary conveys an impressive picture of Ars Electronica.
Born in Belarus and living in Germany, the exceptional guitarist Victor Smolski is one of veterans within the cordial family. Two and a half years before he founded the successful band Almanac – in fall of 2012 - he met Cordial in his hometown Minsk.
Since 2012, the Saxon media technology company IMM has been working in partnership with cordial and is still enthusiastic about the product quality of the cables. A few months after the start of the cooperation, the graduate engineer René Fritzsche, still today head of development, described his impressions.
"It´s really friggin´ cold in Lüllau this evening. “It´s brass monkeys out there”, smiles Engels. In a remote corner of the northern part of the wintry Lüneburg Heath rests this cosy country inn called Brookhoff, complete with mill pond and all.
It is a sunny day in Bad Steben, a neat little spa town in the national park area “Fränkischer Wald”. Peter Diezel is standing in front of his ancient home, built in 1898 and formerly used as an embroidery place by his aunts, looking complacent and content. Today, the old place is his office. In the backyard, five craftsmen are soldering and assembling the electronic components for the legendary handmade full tube amps which are truly beloved by rock and metal musicians due to their rich and “dirty“ sound.