Johnny Cash, otherwise known as The Man In Black, is flipping the mainstream country music scene on its head. His outlaw style could right the ship: the genre has come under fire the past year for its clear pop and hip-hop leanings and abandonment of the more traditional roots.
With the impending release of "Out Among The Stars," an LP he recorded before Columbia Records dropped him, a brooding and raw song "She Used To Love Me A Lot" has premiered. The song, as fans might recognize, was originally a David Allan Coe single released in December 1984, also on Columbia and produced by Billy Sherrill.
"I really love this song," John Carter tells Rolling Stone. "The depth that's there reminds me of the real serious stuff that Dad did later in his life. And I truly think it's one of the beautiful undiscovered gems in my dad's catalog."
During the 1980s, a surge of pop-country (the Urban Cowboy era) permeated the genre, a style that just did not suite Cash. "It was the 'Urban Cowboy' phase," John Carter Cash told the AP last year. "It was pop country, and dad was not that. I think him working with Billy was sort of an effort by the record company to put him more in the circle of Music Row and see what could happen at the heart of that machine."
"We were so excited when we discovered this," John Carter Cash said of finding the entire record, "Out Among The Stars."
He added, "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."
Take a listen to the new track above.
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