On January 7 I wrote about Johnny Cash’s new album – Out Among the Stars –which dropped two days ago. Featuring 12 new songs discovered by Cash’s son, the album was recorded in the eighties but was never heard by the public because Cash was dropped from Columbia Records.
Today, Cash Junior announced that he unearthed more unreleased recordings – enough to fill several albums. These gems include outtakes from his father’s American Recordings sessions with producer Rick Rubin which apparently could fill another multi-disc box set. Since Cash’s death in 2003, Rubin has released two posthumous albums, American V: A Hundred Highways in 2006 and American VI: Ain’t No Grave in 2010.
Cash and Rubin had begun working together in the early nineties and the music they created together helped revitalize Cash’s career. In fact, 1994’s American Recordings was his first album to chart in the Billboard 200 since 1976. Additionally, Cash’s post-2003 releases have done incredibly well: The five-disc box set, Unearthed, has since been certified gold and when American V was released it claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard 200.
Glad we’re getting even more new stuff from Mr. Cash – we’re lucky it exists.