The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash’s first album in more than four years, will be released on January 10, 2014 by Blue Note Records.
Cash wrote the album’s 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist. It is Cash’s first album since 2009’s The List (named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association and nominated for two Grammy Awards) and marks her debut for the Blue Note label.
Over the past year cash has been promoting her memoir, Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called ‘one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.’
On The River & The Thread, Cash is said to turn her attention to American lives and locations, especially the Southern landscape: from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, Alabama couple.
Cash and Leventhal reportedly found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock.
“If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one,” says Cash of The River & The Thread.
Studio guests on the album include Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars),Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers.)
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread – Track Listing
1. A Feather’s Not A Bird
2. The Sunken Lands
3. Etta’s Tune
4. Modern Blue
5. Tell Heaven
6. The Long Way Home
7. World Of Strange Design
8. Night School
9. 50,000 Watts
10. When The Master Calls The Roll
11. Money Road
Two Girls (Townes Van Zandt cover)
Biloxi (Jesse Winchester cover)
Your Southern Heart (Rosanne Cash/John Leventhal original)