The AG Interview

Acoustic Guitar

By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

"We painted it together," writes Rosanne Cash in the liner notes of her new album The River and the Thread (Blue Note), thanking her co-writer, producer and husband John Leventhal. With Cash writing the lyrics and Leventhal composing the music, what the couple painted on the album is a vivid portrait of the South—from the hardscrabble childhood home of her father, Johnny Cash, in the Sunken Lands of Arkansas; to her own birthplace of Memphis; to Mississippi's Tallahatchie River, haunted by the deaths of Robert Johnson and Emmett Till. Mixing family history and present-day scenes with flights of the imagination, The River and the Thread is an extraordinary travelogue in song.

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