Rosanne Cash covers "The List"
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
– Rosanne Cash will release her 12th studio album, "The List," on Manhattan Records on Oct. 6, featuring Cash's contemporary interpretations of 12 classic songs culled from a list of essential country tunes that her legendary father Johnny gave her in 1973.
The idea for The List came about while Cash was on tour promoting her 2006 studio album, the Grammy-nominated "Black Cadillac" - a reflective song cycle about the loss of her father, mother Vivian Liberto, and stepmother June Carter Cash. During concerts, Cash told audiences how, when she was 18, her father became alarmed that his daughter appeared to lack a deep understanding of country music (having been obsessed with The Beatles and steeped in Southern California rock and pop music). He gave her a list of the "100 Essential Country Songs" and told her that it was her education and she should learn them all.
"The List was far-ranging and thorough," Cash says. "It was assembled from my father's intuitive understanding of each critical juncture in the evolution of country music. There were old Appalachian folk ballads and the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Woody Guthrie. The influence of gospel and Southern blues were crucial. Then he segued into rockabilly and the birth of modern country music by way of Hank Williams and up to the present, which was then 1973. He also included a couple of his own songs. I endeavored to learn them all and it was an education."
"I looked to that list as a standard of excellence, and to remind myself of the tradition from which I come. This album enables me to validate the connection to my heritage rather than run away from it, and to tie all the threads together: past and future, legacy and youth, tradition the timelessness."
Produced and arranged by John Leventhal (Cash's husband, who also contributes guitar work throughout), The List includes Cash's covers of songs by The Carter Family (Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow), Hank Williams (Take These Chains From My Heart), Jimmie Rodgers (Miss The Mississippi and You), Hank Cochran/Patsy Cline (She's Got You), Merle Haggard (Silver Wings), and Bob Dylan (Girl From the North Country, done by Dylan and Johnny Cash in 1969). The album also features guests whom Cash admires, including Bruce Springsteen (on Sea of Heartbreak), Elvis Costello (on Heartaches by the Number), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (on Long Black Veil), and Rufus Wainwright (on Silver Wings).
"The List" is the first album Cash has made since she underwent surgery in 2007 for a benign brain condition, from which she has fully recovered.
"If my father had been a martial arts master, he might have passed a martial arts 'secret' on to me, his oldest child," Cash says. "If he had been a surgeon, he might have taken me into his operating room and pointed out the arteries and organs. If he were a robber baron, he might have surveyed his empire and said, 'Honey, some day this will all be yours!'. But he was a musician and a songwriter, and he gave me The List."
1. "Miss the Mississippi and You"
2. "Motherless Children"
3. "Sea of Heartbreak" (w/ Bruce Springsteen)
4. "Take These Chains From My Heart"
5. "I'm Movin' On"
6. "Heartaches by the Number" (w/ Elvis Costello)
7. "500 Miles"
8. "Long Black Veil" (w/ Jeff Tweedy)
9. "She's Got You"
10. "Girl From the North Country"
11. "Silver Wings" (w/ Rufus Wainwright)
12. "Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow"
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