Musician, author, and dear friend Rosanne Cash was born in Tennessee to a family soon to become Southern music royalty, but has lived for over 20 years in New York City. Still, her Southern heritage played and continues to play a role in shaping who she is as an artist, a traveler, and a citizen of the world. She deeply explores her relationship with the South and with Southern culture in her newest album, The River and the Thread. Listening to these songs, you hear a songwriter investigating how where she came from helped shape who she is today. The tracks are heartfelt, touching, and, by turns, rocking.
A sweet friend to Alabama Chanin, Rosanne curated a playlist for us that includes some of her favorite songs from and about the South. These songs capture the sometimes-elusive nature of our homeland and the people we call family. I’ve been cooking and dancing (and, yes, singing) to these tracks for a week…
Come sing along.
Photo of Rosanne courtesy of Clay Patrick McBride.
Rosanne performed one of her new songs on the Letterman show last night. She had on one of your designs, she looked beautiful.
Had to watch the Letterman clip to see the coat, and heard, “I’m going down to Florence/Gonna learn to love the thread” — Natalie, did you just wind up in a Roseanne Cash song? Way to go! That is so cool!
Thanks for sharing this playlist. It’s conjuring up rich imagery and inspiring this Aussie lass to visit the deep south one day. Cheers!