Out Among The Stars is a new album comprised of twelve recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings that have never been heard before. The album is said to connect “the revolutionary rockabilly of his Sun Records years to the epochal final albums he made for American Recordings.”
Thirty years in the making, the tracks on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984. The songs were produced by Billy Sherrill and featured musicians including Marty Stewart and Jerry Kennedy and duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings.
“She Used To Love Me A Lot,” written by Dennis Morgan, Charles Quillen and Kye Fleming, is the first track to be released from the album. In this emotional ballad, Cash’s warm voice conveys the story of lost love and regret.
“I thought she loved me with a love that wouldn’t die/Looking at her now I can’t believe she said goodbye/She just left me standing there I’ve never been so shocked/She used to love me a lot.”
In the current climate of country music, this song is a welcome change. But whether it will be embraced by a younger generation will have to be seen. However, it is definitely a must have for Johnny Cash fans and lovers of good music.
“She Used To Love Me A lot” is available here.
Out Among The Stars will be available March 25, 2014.