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It’s been thirty years in the making, spending most of the three decades collecting dust in a vault. ‘Out Among the Stars,’ an album of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash recordings, is about to reach the ears of the masses for the very first time.
The tracks on this album — which have never been released in any form and are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions — were originally recorded in Nashville, Tenn. at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984. They were produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the “countrypolitan” sound who was heading A&R at CBS Records Nashville at the time. However, they remained in the vaults during the years Columbia Records released Cash’s last albums — and sat forgotten.
Then, in 2012, these recordings surfaced when John Carter Cash, along with the Cash experts at Legacy, was cataloging his father and mother’s exhaustive archives.
“When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material,” the younger Cash says. “We found these recordings that were produced by Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s … they were beautiful.”
New music by an iconic singer who passed away in 2003 sounds almost unbelievable, but the best part is … it’s true! ’Out Among the Stars’ tracks include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, as well as an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).
The Man in Black will continue to live on via this new release. ‘Out Among the Stars’ connects the revolutionary rockabilly of his Sun Records years to the epochal final albums he made for American Recordings. The album will street on March 25, 2014. You can pre-order it now here.