Out Among the Stars

Album: Out Among the Stars (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • In the mid 1980s Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash from the only label he'd worked for since 1960. Thirty years later, Johnny Carter Cash found among a huge stash of his father and mother June Carter's effects, recordings of some lost 1980s sessions which had been shelved by the record company. A posthumous album containing some of these previously unreleased songs was made available by Legacy Recordings on March 25, 2014.
  • This Adam Mitchell penned story song is the title track of the collection. The track tells of a struggling man who holds up a liquor store. Carter Cash told The Guardian: "The song itself deals with a sadness, it deals with a loss and it's something that we can relate to in our modern society itself."
  • Adam Mitchell is a Scottish born Canadian-raised singer-songwriter, whose resume includes Olivia Newton-John's "Dancing Round and Round", John Waite's "Tears" and Kiss' "Crazy Crazy Nights."
  • Why was the album titled after this song? Carter Cash explained to Billboard magazine: "Originally this body of work was completely untitled. After the fact, we looked at it to figure out what song would make a great statement. This was a song about sadness and tragedy in a person's life who's walking away from facing of a bitter end. There's a great depth of understanding there. But you know, I think being transferred in the title, I think it takes the listener to another place, like perhaps my dad's music spirit lies outs among the stars. It's definitely in our hearts also."

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