Rosanne Cash has long since emancipated herself from her father, Johnny Cash. She looks back on a long and highly successful career. In 2014 she broke new ground for the first time and dedicated herself to her roots. The River & the Thread was their fourteenth studio album. Its record company, Blue Note Records, was released in 2014 and marked a return to musical roots. Critics and fans were enthusiastic about the album—it’s still her highest-rated work to date on the Metacritic platform, which gathers reviews worldwide. A year later, the jurors of the Grammys also joined these hymns of praise. They honoured the masterpiece with 3 Grammy Awards. Rosanne Cash won in the categories Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for A Feather’s Not a Bird.
The South of The USA Becomes Audible
Her Travels in the southers United States inspired Cash to The River & the Thread. The sound pays tribute to roots music and delves deep into the Americana genre. The singer has long been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Accordingly, she approaches her concept album with confidence. The sensitive songs immediately cast a spell over the listener. Cash remains thematically very close to the American southern states’ culture and touches on political issues, such as the New Deal. She also feels very comfortable in delta blues and protest songs and added gospel, swamp and Appalachian folk.
Selected Musical Guests
For this album, Rosanne Cash brought guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer John Leventhal on board as a musical companion. That was easy; after all, the two are a couple. As if that weren’t enough, other well-known musicians such as Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Joe White appear in the course of the musical journey through the southern USA. The exquisite song material showed us Rosanne Cash in top form. Her powerful personality comes into its own mainly well through the partially reduced songs. With this album, she proves that she is willing and able to follow in her father’s great footsteps.
Wistful Memories of The Past
It isn’t easy to highlight individual highlights. After all, the song selection represents something like a musical journey. The overall theme of the plate connects the unique pieces like a red thread. Cash is less dedicated to taking stock and more to their memories and moods. Musically, the singer renounces any reference to the mainstream but follows her instinct. That was right on point because The River & the Thread is undoubtedly the absolute highlight in Rosanne Cash’s career. Although she didn’t have to prove anything to fans or critics for a long time, she risked everything with this album and won. Spurred on by the success of The List, a reference to her father and his favourite songs, Rosanne Cash broke new ground.