Out Among the Stars is a posthumous studio album from Johnny Cash, released through Legacy Recordings on March 25, 2014. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012. 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 dump him.
Prior to its release, Stereogum named it one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine 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", ultimately rating it 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rob Tannembaum's review in Rolling Stone mentions Cash's fading star power in the early 80s amidst the "Urban Cowboy fad." Tannembaum gives the album 3.5 stars out of 5 writing "You might expect Out Among the Stars—a set of unreleased songs he cut with Sherrill in 1981 and 1984 – 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."
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. As of June 29, 2014, the album has sold 149,000 copies in the United States.
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.