I have enjoyed Cash since his early days at Sun. To say that he was lacking in talent seems to be a strange claim, when so many would disagree. Of all the country music performers in the history of sound recording, perhaps only Hank Williams Sr. casts a longer shadow. He was distinct in voice and manner, and a great songwriter to boot. He was not my all time favourite (reserved for Hank) but he was high on the list.
I was country when country wasn't cool and even before that. I listen from everyone from Henry Witter to Molly O'Day to Randy Travis, but I don't bother with the newer stuff 'cause it just ain't country.