Smith presents information about Cash's repertoire indexed by song title. Over 2,600 entries provide information pertaining to composer, producers, recording locations, dates of sessions (including any and all overdub sessions), personnel, and release dates for singles, extended-play and long-play albums, and CDs. Over 220 albums and CDs are listed.
John L. Smith is a long-time scholar and friend of Johnny Cash. His previous publications include the Johnny Cash Discography (Greenwood, 1984), Johnny Cash Discography 1984-1993 (Greenwood, 1994), Johnny Cash Record Catalog (Greenwood, 1994), and Waylon Jennings Discography(Greenwood, 1995) which won the 1996 ARSC Best Research in the Field of Country Music Award.