Johnny Cash fans have something new to look forward to hearing next spring with the release of a new album. Out Among the Stars will be released by Cash’s estate on March 25th, more than 30 years after it was recorded in the 1980’s with Billy Sherrill. According to the Associated Press, the album was never released by Columbia Records and disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986.
The son of Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, says his parents saved every artifact from their careers, including original source tapes of every recording.
“They never threw anything away. They kept everything in their lives. They had an archive that had everything in it from the original audio tapes from The Johnny Cash Show to random things like a camel saddle, a gift from the prince of Saudi Arabia.”
John Carter Cash and the archivists at Legacy Recordings stumbled across the material in 2012 that was buried deep in the Cash archives. The music on the new album was recorded during a difficult period in Cash’s personal and professional life.
The younger Cash and his co-producer, archivist Steve Berkowitz, recruited fellow country artist and long time friend of Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, who recorded on the original sessions, to re-record his parts with 30 years more experience as a picker. Buddy Miller and Jerry Douglas are among those who have helped fortify the original tapes as well. The 12 tracks include a duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash.
The AP also reports that “multiple music, book and restoration projects have been started in the past 18 months to mark what would have been the singer’s 80th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his death.”
1. Out Among The Stars
2. Baby Ride Easy
3. She Used To Love Me A Lot
4. After All
5. I’m Movin’ On
6. If I Told You Who It Was
7. Call Your Mother
8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
10. Rock And Roll Shoes
11. Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time
12. I Came To Believe
13. Bonus Track
Author: Buddy Iahn
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