ROSANNE CASH RETURNS FOR FINAL NIGHT OF RESIDENCY AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
Cash Closes out her Residency with Husband and Producer, John Leventhal
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Sept. 25, 2015 – Her final concert, a duo performance with just Cash on voice and acoustic guitar and Leventhal on acoustic guitar and piano, underscored that the residency series caught the sixty-year-old Cash at the height of her creative powers. As outstanding as she often has been in her thirty-seven-year career, she has never sounded better than she did across these diverse, memorable performances.
For her final performance, Cash moved to the museum’s smaller Ford Theater, which, at 213 seats, is about a fourth the size of the CMA Theater, the museum venue where her previous shows took place. The intimate setting not only brought her voice and stage manner into sharper focus; it also allowed the audience to absorb the articulate, often spiritual way Cash connects her songs to her personal story and to the universal threads of life, and highlighted the warm, loving rapport she has developed with her husband, producer, and guitarist.
Over a one-hour, forty-five minute show, Cash surveyed her career and threw in a few surprises: a slow and moving version of Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe”; a piano-and-voice rendition of her Grammy-winning, 1985 #1 hit, “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”; her third-ever performance of her 1987 #1 hit “The Way to Make a Broken Heart,” written by John Hiatt; and a closing version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” featuring her daughter Chelsea Crowell as duet partner and son-in-law Daniel Knobler (husband of her daughter Carrie Crowell) on guitar.
Over the course of the night, Cash presented a generous portion of her Grammy-winning 2014 album, The River and the Thread, and four songs from her 2009 covers album, The List; she also swept along from her earliest hits, 1981’s “Seven Year Ache” and “Blue Moon with Heartache,” to “Dreams Are Not My Home,” from 2006’s Black Cadillac.
“This building and this institution, and the respect they give to the legacy of this music, means so very much to me and my entire family,” Cash said. “So it feels a little bit like coming home to me.”
Near the end of her set, Cash thanked the museum “for the tremendous honor” of being artist-in-residence, adding, “It’s been one of the great experiences of my life.”
For a complete wrap-up of last night’s show click here.
Presented once a year, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s artist-in-residence program is an honor bestowed only upon accomplished country artists who have produced a large and exemplary body of work with undeniable cultural impact. To these noteworthy artists, the museum offers a blank canvas for the creation of unique musical experiences that are often heightened by collaborations with others.
The residency series began in 2003 with Cowboy Jack Clement and has continued each year. Previous honorees have been Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, and Alan Jackson.
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