Johnny Cash vault still packed with unreleased material, says son
Johnny Cash is turning out to be more like Johnny “cache”—as not only did the late country legend’s posthumous album, Out Among the Stars, come out this week, but son John Carter Cash says there is still several albums worth of unreleased material stashed in his archives.
Carter Cash told the Guardian this week that there’s probably four albums of studio-quality music that could be released—and even more if they unleashed everything in the vault.
He also said the amount of outtakes remaining from the American Recordings sessions of the early 1990s alone could fill another three of four albums. Unearthed, a five-disc boxed set of American Recordings outtakes, was released shortly after Cash’s death in 2003.
Rick Rubin produced the 1994 American Recordings album—which was at the time a major career comeback for the Man in Black—and since Cash’s death, Rubin has released American V: A Hundred Highways (2006) and American VI: Ain't No Grave (2010).
Released March 25, Out Among the Stars is a collection of songs from the early 1980s, recorded for Cash’s label at the time, Columbia Records. But Columbia, unhappy with Cash’s previous album, The Baron, and the poorly performing novelty single “The Chicken in Black,” aborted the sessions and shelved the material.
For a look at Cash in the mid-‘80s check out the above video of “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”