Johnny Cash’s legendary discography stretches far and wide, but it turns out there’s still music from the country icon that the world has never heard. Out Among the Stars is a 12-track album that Cash recorded between 1981 and 1984 with producer Billy Sherill. Sherill, who himself is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was president of CBS Records Nashville when he was paired with Cash.
More importantly, he was a huge advocate of the “countrypolitan” style that peppered pop elements into country music to make the genre more digestible for a mainstream audience.
Speaking to the Associated Press, John Carter Cash said, “It was the ‘Urban Cowboy’ phase. It was pop country, and dad was not that.” Cash and archivists at Legacy Recordings first came upon the Out Among the Stars tapes last year. The recordings are just the latest treasure to come from a massive personal archive that Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash pieced together throughout their careers. Among the highlights of Out Among the Stars:a duet with Waylon Jennings and two featuring June Carter Cash.
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