Johnny Cash's New Album 'Out Among the Stars' Streaming Online
The album a beauty, too - as compelling as anything Cash released in the 1980s, when it was recorded. It was shelved, however, for a couple of decades after Cash's label at the time (Columbia) chose not to release it. The music is finally seeing now daylight thanks to John Carter Cash. The only child of Cash and his wife June (both of whom passed away in 2003), John Carter found the master tapes among his late parents' archives and was knocked out by the quality of the songs. "What a blessing to find this music," John Carter Cash told the Guardian.
The songs on Out Among the Stars were cut in 1981 and '84. They were produced by Billy Sherrill (famed for his work with Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich) and backed by a group of stellar musicians that included a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin as well as Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).
"At that point in my life, my dad, well he'd been through some struggles in the early 80s," John Carter recalled. "He had fallen back into drug addiction and in late 83, he went through recovery. So, we catch Dad here at a point in his life, when he was true, when he was aware, when his voice was perfect - when he was headed in a spiritual direction that was positive and meaningful for him. This music resonates in so many ways to my spirit. It's not just about the perfect voice; it's a memory to me of who my dad was at the time. And what a blessing to come face to face with that and remember that now and I feel like I'm with him again when I hear these recordings." more on this story
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