Acclaimed director John Hillcoat has made a video for a song from the upcoming Johnny Cash project Out Among the Stars. Capturing the song’s somewhat grouchy vibe, the visual consists of grittier impressions that stem from an extensive trip throughout the U.S. Or to put it in Hillcoat’s words:
The lyrics seemed to speak to America as it is now, to the nation that loved him and to the great divide he fought so hard against. This divide has only grown exponentially since he died, so we wanted to show America under this stark light and as a homage to the very reason Cash always wore black: to the shameful increase of the disenfranchised and outsiders. At the same time, we wanted to reference the great man’s own struggle and journey from the love of his life to the burnt out ruins of his infamous lake house home, personal photographs, the cave where he tried to take his life but then turned it all around, the place he last recorded in and his last photo before his passing.
Out Among the Stars is due on March 25 via Columbia/Legacy.