Johnny Cash, 'Out Among the Stars,' previously unreleased music due in March
Stephen L. Betts
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The new year will bring previously unreleased music from iconic entertainer Johnny Cash. "Out Among the Stars," springs from sessions recorded with producer Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s and never released by Columbia Records. When Cash was dropped by the label in 1986, the tapes for the project were forgotten. Johnny and wife June Carter Cash had stashed the tapes, common practice for the couple, according to their son, John Carter Cash.
"They never threw anything away," John Carter tells the Associated Press. "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 material, which was not located until last year, will see the light of day with a March 25 release, 10 years after the legendary performer died at age 71.
The band utilized on the album includes Cash and Sherrill's fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus "Pig" Robbins and a young Marty Stuart, who returned to the studio to re-record his parts. Musicians Buddy Miller and Jerry Douglas also enhance the original tapes with newly recorded instrumental tracks. A duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash are also included.
"Out Among the Stars" will be released on CD and vinyl March 25, 2014.