Rosanne Cash – The River And The Thread

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Rosanne Cash’s New Album – The River & The Thread


In Nashville this September, as part of the Americana Festival, Rosanne Cash took part in a panel session where she discussed her forthcoming album The River & The Thread.  She revealed the genesis and her emotional re-connection with the South and her family’s strong bonds there.  For me it was a fascinating insight into the performer and her new collection of heart-felt songs.  It was also quite an emotional moment for all in the room.

The River & The Thread, Rosanne’s first album in more than four years, will be released on January 14 2014 by Blue Note Records.  Cash wrote the album’s eleven original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist.

The Chicago Tribune hailed Cash’s 2010 bestselling memoir Composed as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”  With The River & The Thread, Cash turns her attention to other American lives and locations.  The album richly evokes the Southern landscape – physical, musical, emotional – and examines the indelible impressions it has made on a collective culture and on Cash.

The River & The Thread captures a unique, multi-generational cast of characters – from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile AL couple.  While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few – this is a completely contemporary collection.  Cash’s crystalline voice and Leventhal’s compelling guitar work are at the heart of the album, and they bring in additional instrumentation to suit the tone of each particular song.  They were joined in the studio by a cast of friends and fellow musicians who also have a deep affection for and/or roots in the South, including Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers.)

The new album follows 2009’s The List, which was named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association and nominated for two Grammy Awards.

“If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one,” says Cash of The River & The Thread.  Uncut magazine has rated the new album 10 out of 10.

Esquire has a sneak peek of a track from the new release – “Modern Blue”.




Read about ‘The River & The Thread the new Rosanne Cash release

Read about ‘The River & The Thread the new Rosanne Cash release

Read about ‘The River & The Thread the new Rosanne Cash release



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