Out Among the Stars

Out Among the Stars
A black-and-white photograph of Cash dressed in black with a guitar slung around his back. The title and artist are written on top of the cover.
Studio album by
Released March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
Recorded March 18, 1981 β€“ June 14, 1984, with overdubs in November 2013
Genre Country
Length 36:37
Compiler John Carter Cash
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Out Among the Stars
Singles from Out Among the Stars
  1. "She Used to Love Me a Lot"
    Released: January 14, 2014
  2. "I'm Movin' On"
    Released: February 6, 2014
  3. "Baby, Ride Easy"
    Released: February 27, 2014
  4. "Out Among the Stars"
    Released: May 7, 2014

Out Among the Stars is a posthumously released studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on March 25, 2014, by Legacy Recordings. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia Records, and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012.[1]


The album is composed of recordings made by Cash in 1981 and 1984 with producer Billy Sherrill for Columbia Records. The album was shelved by the label and was never released. In 2012 Cash's son, John Carter Cash, discovered the recordings in the archive and commissioned additional production to complete the album. Cash also recorded the 1981 album The Baron with Sherrill in an attempt to turn around his dismal album sales but the strategy did not work, leaving his record executives eager to end his affiliation with the label.[2] The album is also a posthumous release for June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash's wife, who is featured on two tracks, and for Minnie Pearl and Waylon Jennings, who provide vocals on two other songs, "If I Told You Who It Was" and "I'm Movin' On", respectively.

Two of the tracks would later be rerecorded by Cash at American Recordings and would be released posthumously prior to earlier versions being included here; "I Came to Believe" on American V: A Hundred Highways and a non-duet version of "I'm Movin' On" appears in the box set Unearthed.

In a March 2014 interview promoting the release of Out Among the Stars, John Carter Cash indicated that there may be as many as "four or five" albums worth of previously unreleased material from Cash's 1990s–2000s American label recording sessions, with Cash's last producer, Rick Rubin indicating at least one more such release is planned for the future.[3]

Release and promotion

Lead single "She Used to Love Me a Lot"[4] was released on January 14, 2014, on the Rolling Stone website.[5] "I'm Movin' On", featuring Waylon Jennings, was released as the second single and was premiered by CMT on February 6, 2014.[6] The third single, "Baby, Ride Easy", a duet with June Carter Cash (which the two had performed on TV on Johnny Cash's 1985 Christmas Special) was premiered exclusively by One Country on February 27, 2014.[7] The album's title track, "Out Among the Stars", was released as the fourth and final single, with its lyric video premiering on May 7, 2014.[8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Mojo 3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]

Out Among the Stars was met with positive reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. This release received a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on 21 reviews.[9] Prior to its release, Stereogum named it one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.[13]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that Billy Sherrill "winds up simply sweetening Johnny without changing his core sound". He added that the album "is generally chipper and bright" and "one of Cash's stronger '80s albums".[10]

Rob Tannembaum's review in Rolling Stone mentions Cash's fading star power in the early 1980s amidst the "Urban Cowboy fad". Tannembaum continued: "You might expect Out Among the Starsβ€”a set of unreleased songs he cut with Sherrill in 1981 and 1984β€”to be a contract-fulfilling sleepwalk. (Cash put out several mostly mediocre LPs in those years, but left this material unfinished; it was discovered after his death.) Instead, it proves that even at his most uninterested, Cash couldn't help but make a record with weight, moral complexity and grim humor."[12]

Commercial performance

Released on March 25, 2014, Out Among the Stars debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, selling 54,000 copies its first week.[14][15] As of June 29, 2014, the album has sold 149,000 copies in the United States.[16]

In the UK, the album debuted at No. 4 in the album chart. The album has sold 63,700 copies in the UK as of July 2014.[17]

Track listing

  1. "Out Among the Stars" (Adam Mitchell)  β€“ 3:02
  2. "Baby Ride Easy" (Richard Dobson)  β€“ 2:43
  3. "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan, Charles Quillen)  β€“ 3:11
  4. "After All" (Charles Cochran, Sandy Mason)  β€“ 2:47
  5. "I'm Movin' On" (Hank Snow)  β€“ 3:09
  6. "If I Told You Who It Was" (Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman)  β€“ 3:05
  7. "Call Your Mother" (Cash)  β€“ 3:17
  8. "I Drove Her Out of My Mind" (Gary Gentry, Hillman Hall)  β€“ 3:01
  9. "Tennessee" (Rick Scott)  β€“ 3:27
  10. "Rock and Roll Shoes" (Paul Kennerley, Graham Lyle)  β€“ 2:41
  11. "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time" (Tommy Collins)  β€“ 2:17
  12. "I Came to Believe" (Cash)  β€“ 3:29
  13. "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (JC/EC Version) (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan, Charles Quillen)  β€“ 3:23
  • Tracks 1–8, 10, 12, recorded in 1984
  • Tracks 9, 11, recorded in 1981
  • Track 13 originally recorded in 1984, remixed in 2013


Adapted from the liner notes.[18]

Chart positions


Sales certifications for Out Among the Stars
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[46] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Silver 60,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also


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