It's hard to conceive that anybody would forget about a duet with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, but that's exactly what happened in the 1980s.
At the beginning of that decade, Cash teamed with producer Billy Sherrill to work on a new album for Columbia Records. However, the label ultimately shelved several of the recordings, including Cash and Jennings' energetic rendition of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On." Within a few years, Cash was dropped from the roster.
For about three decades, these Cash recordings were left neglected in an archive. Then in 2012, John Carter Cash found the material while he was sorting through his late father's belongings. Working with Sony Music Entertainment, he recruited musicians like Marty Stuart (who played on the original sessions), Buddy Miller and Carlene Carter to polish the tracks for release.
As a result, 12 previously unreleased songs will be issued as Out Among the Stars on March 25 through Legacy Recordings. The collection features two duets with June Carter Cash -- "Baby Ride Easy" and "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time." Cash's compositions "Call Your Mother" and "I Came to Believe" are represented as well.
Cash and Sherrill worked with Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass) on the sessions. The recordings were made in Nashville at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984. The album's restoration took place at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tenn.
Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, just prior to the recordings on Out Among the Stars. He died in 2003. Jennings, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, died in 2002.
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