Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Music: Johnny Cash & Rosanne Cash - "Tennessee Flat Top Box"



The comments say this took place in 1989; I found it while looking for stuff from Rosanne Cash's new album. A new NYT profile finds Rosanne embracing the past while taking inspiration from new experiences.
At 58, having been married to Leventhal for 18 years, Cash no longer presents herself as having a perpetually broken heart, as she did in her soul-rending 1980s hits like “Seven Year Ache” and “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me.” She has just released an idiosyncratic new album, “The River and the Thread,” a kind of musical travelogue based on a series of car trips Cash and Leventhal took over the past few years in places like Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. It’s Cash’s dreamscape version of the South, but it’s also a way for her to come to terms with her life as a former country star who now finds herself in midcareer, as much wife, mother and friend as she is the daughter of country-music royalty. Cash doesn’t just have a circle of friends; she has a literal sewing circle, one that includes Gael Towey, who is a former Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia executive, and the New Yorker artist Maira Kalman. The first song on “The River and the Thread” makes an allusion to the sewing she learned from Natalie Chanin, a seamstress and dress designer in Alabama. “In this beautiful Alabama accent, Natalie said, ‘You have to learn to love the thread.’ I just teared up, and this chill went over me. Of course, she wasn’t speaking metaphorically, but I took it that way.”

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