Johnny Cash‘s son John Carter Cash has described a new album by his father as “a great treasure” and says there will be more new music released in the future.
‘Out Among The Stars’ will be released in March and features 12 tracks by the late singer, recorded for Columbia Records between 1981 and 1984. Among the tracks are duets with Cash’s wife June Carter and friend Waylon Jennings. The tracks have never been made available before, as they were recorded at a time when Cash had fallen out of favour with the public and his career deemed over. He was dropped shortly afterward by the label.
The unearthed recordings came to light when John Carter Cash found them in a vault while he was cataloguing his father’s private archive in 2012. He discovered hundreds of reels of unreleased live and studio recordings, including duets with Bob Dylan.
The new album will be the fourth posthumous album released since Johnny Cash died in 2003, aged 71. Speaking to the BBC, Carter Cash said: “There is more music to be released that is unheard, there are some great recordings. But we don’t want to release something unless it means something. It has to be in line with what we believe my father would have wanted released”.
The Cash estate has made a large amount of money since Cash’s death, with the new recordings expected to bolster that further. In 2009, Cash sold more than three million records, earning around £4.9 million. Carter Cash, however, has defended the decision to release the recordings, saying: “Do you want to see another Picasso if there’s one that nobody has ever seen before? I would say that probably the world would want to see another Picasso. And it’s really the same thing. This is a work of art.”