Cash’s most recent album, “The List,” became a best seller – and it was based on the list given to her by her dad when she was 18 and preparing to go on the road with him for a concert tour. “The List” consisted of the “100 greatest country and American songs of all time” that Johnny Cash asked Rosanne to learn for the road. The album features 12 of those songs—performed and including vocal duets between Cash and Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Rufus Wainwright, and (on iTunes only) Neko Case.
“When I was 18, I was on the road with my dad,” Cash writes. “One day, we were sitting in the tour bus, talking about songs, and he mentioned a song, and I said, ‘I don’t know that one.’ He mentioned another one, and I said, ‘I don’t know that one, either.’ Then he started to get alarmed, so he spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put ‘100 Essential Country Songs.’ And he handed it to me and he said, ‘This is your education.’”
Audiences and critics often comment on the deeply affecting power and emotion of Cash’s music. Indeed, the New York Times wrote that Rosanne has: “A voice that blends one part heartbreak with two parts true grit. Cash has always had the gift of communicating the emotional texture of life as it’s lived from day to day, in a way that seems natural. The older she grows, the better she gets.”
Kingdom County Productions will present Rosanne Cash live in concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 8, at the Latchis Theater. Reserved seat tickets are now on sale at KingomCounty.com or by calling (802) 748-2600.
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