Lost Johnny Cash Album Due Out in March; Earl Scruggs Center Readies for Grand Opening; Amos Lee Covers John Prine

Juli Thanki | December 11th, 2013

  • A lost Johnny Cash album will be released on March 25. From the AP article: Out Among the Stars, an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes – along with just about everything else that came into their possession…[John Carter Cash] and his co-producer, archivist Steve Berkowitz, decided they’d bring [Marty Stuart] back in to re-record his parts with 30 years more experience as a picker. Others, including Buddy Miller and Jerry Douglas, helped fortify the original tapes as well. The 12 tracks include a duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash.
  • Florida Georgia Line took home six awards yesterday, which tells you all you need to know about the American Country Awards (oh, also, LeAnn Rimes delivered a tribute to Patsy Cline). You can find the entire list of last night’s winners here. (If you eschewed the awards in favor of SVU reruns or an early bedtime, you, too, are a winner.)
  • Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, Randy Scruggs, and more will celebrate the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina, on January 11. Check out the Center’s website and plan a visit.
  • The Metro Times published a series of articles and a two-hour podcast about Craig Maki and Keith Cady’s new book, Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies. You can read an excerpt here.
  • Stream Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson’s new duet, “When I’m Home.” The song can be found on the Angels Sing soundtrack, which also features songs by The Trishas, Dale Watson, and others.
  • Rhonda Vincent will release Only Me on January 28. The two-disc collection features six country songs and six bluegrass songs – check out the solid track listing here.
  • Stephen Deusner of CMT Edge interviewed Shelby Lynne about her new EP, Thanks.
  • Garden & Gun premiered Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “End of the Line,” a song from the band’s upcoming album Small Town Heroes (out February 11).
  • Amos Lee played John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” as part of the “1 Mic 1 Take” video series. Watch here.
  • Ron Block and Rebecca Reynolds wrote an Advent song called “Come, Children of This Long Discarded Night;” it’s quite lovely.
  • Also nice: Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, and Reba singing “Silent Night” in a clip from Clarkson’s Christmas special, which airs on NBC tonight.
  • Willie Nelson’s golf course is for sale. Asking price: $3 million. (h/t Jim)



  1. Six String Richie
    December 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    On the bright side, by winning 6 ACAs, Florida Georgia Line now owns 6 Telecasters. Maybe that will help them actually sound country?

  2. murtry
    December 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    That “Out Among the Stars” is surely the same tune that Waylon and Merle both recorded. I hope there’s better songs than that one on the unreleased album

  3. Donald
    December 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Am I missing something with the 2-disc, 6 songs per, Rhonda set? Why two discs?

  4. Luckyoldsun
    December 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “Out Among the Stars” was a good song.
    I thought Merle’s emotional recording of it was a highlight of his latter Epic days.

    Waylon’s version was a bit stilted, like the song was just too wordy and he wanted to be done with it.

    The lyrics–with the desperado boy robber–seem tailor-made for Cash–like Springsteen’s “Johnny 99″ and “Highway Patrolman,” which he also recorded around that time. I’m looking forward to hearing it.

  5. mrsandydog
    December 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

    “That “Out Among the Stars” is surely the same tune that Waylon and Merle both recorded. I hope there’s better songs than that one on the unreleased album” I’m skeptical about record. Of course I’ll buy it — but I’m not expecting it to be good. While still on Columbia, Cash did release a Billy Sherrill-produced effort (“The Baron”) and it’s one of Cash’s worst albums, though it did produce a hit single. That Columbia saw fit to shelve this, while releasing other subpar Cash records, doesn’t bode well. I hope I’m wrong. Maybe Marty Stuart and others punching up the tracks and “de-Sherrill-izing” it will help.

  6. Juli Thanki
    December 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Darrell Scott did a solid version of “Out Among the Stars” for his Modern Hymns album a few years back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_7HWZ0X5lE

  7. murtry
    December 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I always thought Out Among the Stars was too contrived. “It’s midnight at a liquor store in Texas” .. Well, go home, bud, because liquor stores close at 9:00pm in Texas. There’s no one to rob.

    That “Out among the Stars” album of Merle’s was a hodgepodge … his “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa” was the only truly great thing about that album.

    Your right, mrsandydog about The Baron. That album was pretty lame, except for Marty Stuart’s “Hey Hey Train”

    Thank god Willie never let Billy Sherrill ever get a hold of producing one of his albums (although those Chips Moman-produced ones of his have some serious problems).

  8. Luckyoldsun
    December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    “…liquor stores close at 9:00pm in Texas. ”

    You learn something new every day!

    And as long as we’re at it–How the hell did Johnny Cash end up in a prison in California for shooting a man in Reno (just to watch him die)?

  9. Dave D.
    December 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    That’s my video of Darrell Scott doing Farther Along/Out Among the Stars; I loved that performance, 9 p.m. liquor stores closings be damned. It’s very timely information, though, as we’re currently en route to Austin and I assume that the renovated Ginny’s Little Longhorn still lets you BYOB.

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