Rosanne Cash, daughter of legendary Johnny Cash, is coming home to Memphis!
She is touring her latest album, The River and the Thread, which a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South. The album’s unique sound, drawing from country, blues, gospel, and rock, reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region.
The River and the Thread began when Arkansas State University contacted Cash about purchasing her father’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.
While helping with the purchase and renovation of the Dyess house, Cash and husband John Leventhal took several extended trips through the Southern states, visiting William Faulkner’s house; Dockery Farms, the plantation where Howlin’ Wolf and Charley Patton worked and sang; Natchez and the blues trail. “The thread” in the album’s title comes from Cash’s friend Natalie Chanin, a master seamstress in Florence, Alabama. Cash explains: “Natalie was teaching me to sew,” says Cash, “and she said, ‘You have to learn to love the thread,’ in this beautiful accent, and it hit me as an enormous metaphor.” The line appears in the album’s opener, “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” a deeply swampy shuffle which Cash describes as “a mini-travelogue of the South, and of the soul.”
These journeys repeatedly took them through Memphis, the city of Cash’s birth and a place that had a profound impact on the album’s direction. They visited the studio of Sun Records, and watched their son strum a guitar in the same room where her father cut his first record. “The connection to Memphis is powerful and deep” says Cash.
The Levitt Shell, in partnership with Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University, welcomes Rosanne Cash home to Memphis, Tennessee in this very special performance.