Lost Johnny Cash Album To Be Released Next Spring

JohnnyCash-Forever-single-BGv1A collection of never-before-heard music from Johnny Cash will be released next March by Cash’s estate, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Out Among The Stars, an album he recorded with producer Billy Sherrill in the early 80’s that never saw the light of day, has been found and retooled using some of the players from the original project. Fans will be thrilled to find a duet with Waylon Jennings among the 12 new tracks, along with several pairings with wife June Carter.

“They never threw anything away,” said their son, John Carter Cash. “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.”

The music from the new album reflects a difficult period in Cash’s tumultuous life, during which he was at an ebb in his popularity due to country’s move towards a more pop-based sound, and battling addiction issues.

“Dad was always uniquely himself,” Cash said. “And later on the world would come back around. He never modified himself. But Nashville at the time was in a completely different place. It was the Urban Cowboy phase. It was pop country, and dad was not that. I think him working with Billy was sort of an effort by the record company to put him more in the circle of Music Row and see what could happen at the heart of that machine.”

John Carter Cash and his co-producer Steve Berkowitz brought Marty Stuart back in to re-record the parts he’d played on the original recordings 30 years ago, and Buddy Miller and Jerry Douglas were also brought in to help round out the sound on the new collection, due out March 25.

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