January 20, 2014
The first single from the legend’s “new” LP, recorded around 1980, to be released on 7″.
In one of those rare “Rembrandt in the attic” moments when a piece of artwork by one of the great masters is discovered years after the fact, the 2012 discovery of Johnny Cash’s “lost” album Out Among The Stars is to finally see release, 34 years after it was recorded and forgotten. Leading the album out of the wilderness will be “She Used To Love Me A Lot”, a typically bluesy cut dominated by Cash’s full-bodied timbre anomalous to the mainstream country sound that dominated the 1980’s.
With little information available about the release – even the b-side is yet to be announced – you have to go to the full LP for more information. Paired with hotshot country producer Billy Sherrill, Cash was encouraged by his label Columbia to give commercial success another shot. Yet despite the power of the resulting 1980 session which saw Cash employ an expanded band, the recordings were locked away; a time capsule preserving Cash’s pre-Highwaymen sound – the supergroup he formed with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.
Recovered in 2012 and completed by Cash’s son John Carter in 2013, Out Among The Stars will doubtless add significantly to the Cash canon. [via Modern Vinyl]
The 7″ single is set for release on 11th March, with the full LP due on the 25th. Both are available for pre-order from Bull Moose Records. You can listen to “She Used To Love Me A Lot” below.