Out Among The Stars, the lost Johnny Cash album recently discovered by his son John Carter Cash, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard top 200 Albums Chart. The album also debuted in the Top 5 in multiple markets internationally.
The album is comprised of 12 previously unreleased songs that were recorded 30 years ago and has earned acclaim from a number of critics, including Billboard which said, “Stars holds up among Cash’s best work – even if it took 30 years to officially complete it.”
“Cash’s flawed humanity is one of the reasons why so very many people were drawn to him, and why we remember him still,” Pitchfork wrote. “This newest addition to his ever-expanding body of posthumous work, an album originally recorded 30 years ago but never released at the time, provides additional context for one of the strangest and most flawed periods of his career, and offers up a few damn good tunes in the bargain.”
The tracks found on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill. The collection includes duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings. A young Marty Stuart played guitar and mandolin with top Nashville session players Jerry Kennedy on guitar, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Hargus “Pig” Robbins on piano and Henry Strzelecki on bass also contributing to the project.