Over a decade after the death of Johnny Cash, the estate of The Man in Black is set to release Out Among the Stars, an album of new Cash material, this coming spring.
According to The Associated Press, “Out Among the Stars” was recorded from sessions in 1981 and ’84, when country music was becoming more pop focused. Columbia Records never released the material and dropped Cash from the label in 1986, however Cash and wife June Carter saved the material.
According to Robert Hilburn, writer of “Johnny Cash: The Life,” the material comes from one of the most troubled periods of the legend’s life, when Cash was still coping with his problems of drug abuse and infidelity.
“Out Among the Stars” will feature several of the contributors to the original album rerecording their parts for the final release. Among the album’s 12 tracks are two duets with June Carter Cash and one with Waylon Jennings.
“Out Among the Stars” will finally get its release on March 25, a month after Cash would have turned 81.