In 1970's during a flight to the US Johnny Cash found himself in conversation with a Major Michael Crichton Stewart, hereditary Keeper of Falkirk Palace in Fife, they discussed how the family name Cash originated in Scotland. This chance encounter sparked Cash's interest and on his return he consulted a genealogist. It turned out that Cash was indeed of Scottish descent and that his family could be traced back to a clan based in fife around the 12th century.

cash street sign

- Cash's daughter in front of a street sign in the town where the family originated from.

Family ties as well as the link between Cash's style of country music and Celtic music inspired him to visit Scotland on several occasions. His daughter Rosanne Cash explains "going back into his Celtic past made him realise that this was where he derived his tone of voice, the mournful quality to his music".