By Annie Reuter
Johnny Cash‘s new album, Out Among the Stars, which dropped yesterday (March 25), features songs that have been shelved for decades. Now it seems there’s a treasure trove of Cash’s work still yet to be released.
According to The Guardian, Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, says that there are “four or five” unheard albums left in his dad’s archive and enough material for another multi-CD box set of outtakes from Cash’s American Recordings sessions with producer Rick Rubin.
“There may be three or four albums worth of American Recordings stuff,” he explained. “But some of it may never see the light of day.”
Rubin further confirmed John Carter Cash’s plans.
“We released the work we had been planning to release along with John [Carter Cash] and the idea of the Unearthed box set of outtakes was his idea,” Rubin said. “We will probably put out additional Unearthed material recorded since the last Unearthed box, in keeping with John’s wishes.”
The songs on Out Among the Stars were cut in 1981 and ’84 and produced by Billy Sherrill, who is known for his work with Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich. On the album, Cash was backed by a group of stellar musicians including a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin as well as Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).