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.
Maybe it's just because I live in Seattle, and guys who are clamoring for vindication of their emasculated existence here seem to embrace Cash as some kind of messiah. Flannel shirt over a CASH t-shirt, ironic mustache, and $5 coffee in hand. I don't buy it.
I still do have a big soft spot in my heart for the guy though. They played Cash's "Hurt" at my good friend Ron's funeral last year and it just put a damn knife through my heart. Still can't listen to it without tearing up.