Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash recently dug up some master tapes from an old, unreleased LP called “Out Among The Stars.” You know what that means, kids? That means a new Johnny Cash record! No more making out in the back of the pickup to the same old tunes. The album, due out March 25th, features not only Johnny but also June Carter and Waylon Jennings. I think T Bone Burnett just died and went to black Levi heaven. The first track from the album has been released and there’s simply no topping the keen pleasure of having Johnny’s voice rumble through your veins in a whole new way. You can listen to it here.
When Cash didn’t release the song, “She Used To Love Me A Lot,” is was later recorded by David Allan Coe. No offense to Mr. Coe, but his version lacks all the growling goodness that makes a Johnny song so remarkable. Compare for yourself.
The original scuttling of “Out Among The Stars” is due to the fact that Colombia Records unceremoniously dumped Cash in the 1980s. But, thankfully, we’ll still get to hear the Man In Black warble out new heartbreaks one more time.