The final track that Johnny Cash wrote and recorded is to be released later this summer.

'Like The 309', said to be about one of his favourite things: trains, is to be included on a new collection titled 'American V: A Hundred Highways'. The album is due for release on July 3.

The songs were recorded with producer Rick Rubin in the months leading up to the singer's death in September 2003.

Rubin has told Billboard in the US:
"These songs are Johnny's final statements. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear."

The record is mainly made up of covers, with one further original track set to be released. 'I Came To Believe' was written and recorded earlier in his career and tackles the subjects of addiction and salvation.

Among the covers are Bruce Springsteen's 'Further On (Up The Road)', Gordon Lightfoot's 'If You Could Read My Mind' and Hank Williams' 'On the Evening Train'.