There’s A New Johnny Cash Album Coming, So All Is Right With The World Today
Are you ready to drive a ball-peen hammer right through your skull because everything in the news today is selfies and handshakes and Hitler (because every day has to have some Hitler in it, right?) and gah, why do we even bother to get out of bed sometimes? (No, really, why? We don’t even know.) Well, put down that hammer and rejoice because here is some TOTALLY FREAKIN’ KICK-ASS AWESOME news:
There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
Cash’s estate is releasing “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.
Awwww yeah. No, wait, scratch that — awwww HELL yeah. We are basically jumping for joy and happy-dancing like nobody’s watching that John Carter Cash went digging through his parents’ stuff and discovered the most epic eureka of win ever (no, not the camel saddle given to them from the prince of Saudi Arabia, even though that is kind of cool). Nope, junior found a whole bunch of old recordings the idiots at Columbia did not think were good enough to release, including a duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash.
“We were so excited when we discovered this,” Cash said. “We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He’s pitch perfect. It’s seldom where there’s more than one vocal take. They’re a live take and they’re perfect.”
John Carter Cash doesn’t think Columbia executives realized what they had in hand. Even though his father had been a major star, tastes would soon turn to Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.
We are basically beside ourselves with glee because, FACT, Johnny Cash was pretty much the best thing ever that happened to country music and was also an indisputably awesome human being, who stood up for all the people who are usually not stood up for, like Native Americans and prisoners and the “poor and beaten down.”
He even sort of stuck it to Nixon that one time, when Nixon was all “play me some songs” and Johnny was all, “Oh, I’ll play you some songs, motherfucker,” and then played some of his best lefty do-goody hippie songs, which Nixon did not much care for, like “Man in Black,” which is, like everything else Johnny Cash ever did, most excellent, because that’s the kind of badass Johnny was.
So pre-order Out Among The StarsNOW and then count down the days until March 25 when it actually drops, because MORE JOHNNY CASH A-COMIN’, Y’ALL. Until then, please enjoy this beautiful story from Sarah Vowell about Johnny and June and their most greatest love story.