We lost Johnny Cash more than 10 years ago, but artists whose careers endure for decades tend to rack up treasure troves of unreleased of material. So it goes with Cash. It seems the Man In Black recorded an album called Out Among The Stars with “countrypolitan” producer Billy Sherrill in the mid-’80s, but Columbia dropped him soon afterwards and the album never came out. Cash’s son John Carter Cash found the master tapes in 2012, and it’s getting a proper release this March. “She Used To Love Me A Lot” was handpicked by John as the lead single. Sonically, it showcases the awkwardness that tended to unfold when the country, folk, and rock stars of the ’60s and ’70s collided with modern production techniques of the ’80s. In terms of substance, though, it’s a hell of a lovelorn lament, imbued with Cash’s signature sad-eyed baritone drawl and mandolin flourishes by Marty Stuart.
(via Rolling Stone)
Out Among The Stars is out 3/25 via Columbia.