New music is on the way from Johnny Cash, reports The Hollywood Reporter. On March 25, his estate is releasing Out Among the Stars, an album Johnny recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s. It was never released by Columbia Records and disappeared when the label dropped Johnny in 1986. The tape was found stashed among Johnny and wife June Carter Cash’s possessions.
“They never threw anything away,” their son John Carter Cash said. “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.”
There were so many pieces of memorabilia in storage that John and archivists at Legacy Recordings didn’t find the material until last year. The project was recorded while Johnny was going through a difficult time both personally and professionally. Columbia paired Johnny with Billy Sherrill, known for his part in pushing country towards a more pop sound, at a time when Johnny’s popularity was waning. Columbia didn’t like the outcome and opted not to put it out. The 12-track project includes a duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash.
“We were so excited when we discovered this,” John said “We were like, ‘My goodness, this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard.’ Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He’s pitch perfect. It’s seldom where there’s more than one vocal take. They’re a live take, and they’re perfect.”