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Although Rosanne Cash is the daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash—which her two album before The River had dealt with in various ways—she's been cultivating her own roots-informed adult-contemporary sound with her husband/collaborator John Leventhal ever since 1990’s excellent Interiors. 2006’s Black Cadillac meditated on the passings of her dad, her mother (Vivian Liberto), and her stepmother (June Carter Cash); 2009’s The List interpreted the country songs her father considered essential. She doesn’t take her lineage lightly. Here, “Etta’s Tune” is written in memory of family friend Marshall Grant, who’d also been a member of her dad’s band. Elsewhere, she sings of Jesus coming from Mississippi, the Tallahatchie Bridge from Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” and “Money Road,” where in 1955 a black teenager named Emmett Till spoke to a white woman in a move that cost him his life. A New Yorker with deep Southern roots, Cash understands—and has lived through—the complexities of culture. The deluxe edition includes three bonus songs, including covers of Townes Van Zandt’s “Two Girls” and Jesse Winchester’s “Biloxi.”

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She keeps getting better with age

In the fall of 1981, I listened to my cassette of Seven Year Ache every morning on the way to college until I wore the tape out, and then I did the same thing with her followup albums, Somewhere in the Stars and Rhythm & Romance. As time moved on, I lost touch with Rosanne Cash after her commercially-successful King's Records Shop until Black Cadillac was released in 2006. Between 1987 and 2006, music had gone from cassettes to CDs to digital, and I'm glad for the transition because I played Black Cadillac until I knew every word by heart. Now comes The River & the Thread, and once again I'm reminded why I love Rosanne Cash's music. Just like the songs on Black Cadillac, there's so much depth and meaning woven into every track. At age 58, she's never been as relevant as she is right now. Everyone should take 45 minutes out of their day and listen to this from beginning to end. The tracks are mesmerizing.


Rosanne has finally come full circle. Her storytelling is thought provoking and mysteriously sweet, and she is vocally superb. Rosanne has discovered a new part of her own voice and is stylistically coming from a place that is truly her home… her roots… her legacy. Production by John Leventhal is brilliant as well. Love this work!


Katy Perry and the other Pop country singer, I can't remember her name could learn a few dozen things from Rosanne Cash,.

God Bless Rosanne Cash..


Born: May 24, 1955 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The history of popular music is littered with the careers of the children of famous artists, performers who manage to carve out some small measure of success based far less on talent than on the recognition that their famous names afford them. Perhaps no greater exception to this trend was Rosanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, whose idiosyncratic and innovative music made her one of the preeminent singer/songwriters of her day. Born May 24, 1955, to her father and his first wife, Vivian Liberto,...
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