Throughout his five decades in music, Johnny Cash was very strict in his dedication to both sound and style. He always knew exactly what he wanted to do and exactly how it should appear – that dedication meant all the music he created was definitively Johnny Cash music.
However, by 1980, Cash felt that country music had evolved and incorporated sounds that ran against his personal signature. Put simply, his blend of folk and that rolling, “boom-chicka-boom” beat was out of vogue amongst the growing wave of “country-politan” musicians that were becoming increasingly popular. So, in an effort to grow his technique, Cash started recording sessions with people who were enjoying major success with this new country sound. First up, he employed an expanded band, featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and fiddle, as well as long-time duet partners June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, but much of what was recorded on those sessions was locked away. Over the years almost everything was lost, destined never to be heard again.
Discovered in 2012, Out Among The Stars is truly a lost, previously unreleased Johnny Cash album. These aren’t alternate takes or different versions of songs that you’ve heard. These are brand new songs to the Cash canon.
Completed in 2013 by Johnny’s only son John Carter Cash, this is a pivotal Johnny Cash album and only now is it ready to be enjoyed by everyone – because The Man in Black is back.