The Eighties were not kind to the great Johnny Cash. “It was the ‘Urban Cowboy’ phase,'” Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, recently recalled. “It was pop country, and Dad was not that.”
… Not long before Columbia Records dropped him from the only label he’d known since 1960, Cash recorded an LP called Out Among the Stars. He hung onto the master tapes, which John Carter recently found among a huge stash of Johnny and wife June Carter’s effects. The album, due out March 25th, features duets with June and his old friend Waylon Jennings. John Carter hand-picked the track “She Used to Love Me a Lot,” a stout, twangy ballad of regret colored by the mandolin of a young Marty Stuart, to release ahead of the album.
Listen to “She Used to Love Me a Lot” at Rolling Stone.