The long way home. Rosanne Cash: Down on Money Road

Rosanne Cash
Delta Magazine

By William L. Ellis

"There are a lot of pieces to home," says Rosanne Cash.

She would know. As the daughter of American music icon Johnny Cash, she carries home everywhere she goes. But on her new, critically hailed album, The River & the Thread (Blue Note), the award-winning singer and songwriter adds fertile layers to the meaning of home, one that extends to Southern womanhood, culture and community. And it took the Delta to do it.

"There is some really mysterious element that makes William Faulkner come out of the same ground as Howlin' Wolf, and Charley Patton, and Robert Johnson, and Eudora Welty," says Cash. "They're all right there. It's just mindboggling. If we don't know the Delta, we don't know ourselves as Americans."

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