Johnny Cash vault still packed with unreleased material, says son
Johnny Cash is turning out to be more like Johnny ‚Äúcache‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒas not only did the late country legend‚Äôs 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‚Äôs probably four albums of studio-quality music that could be released‚ÄĒand 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‚Äôs death in 2003.
Rick Rubin produced the 1994 American Recordings album‚ÄĒwhich was at the time a major career comeback for the Man in Black‚ÄĒand since Cash‚Äôs 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‚Äôs label at the time, Columbia Records. But Columbia, unhappy with Cash‚Äôs previous album, The Baron, and the poorly performing novelty single ‚ÄúThe Chicken in Black,‚ÄĚ aborted the sessions and shelved the material.
For a look at Cash in the mid-‚Äė80s check out the above video of ‚ÄúGhost Riders in the Sky.‚ÄĚ