Country music singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash’s 2014 release, “The River & The Thread,” captured the attention of fans and music critics with songs that revisit some of the most important places in her family history. . She will perform that album during a Center for the Performing Arts performance on April 9.
“The River & the Thread,” which won three Grammy Awards in February, evokes the American South’s rich, historic landscape The songs portray a multigenerational cast of characters — including a Civil War soldier heading off to war in Virginia, a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas and a present-day couple in Alabama — and explore her own family tree, including the Arkansas birthplace of her father, Johnny Cash. The album’s unique sound, which draws from country, blues, gospel and rock, reflects the soulful blend of music that traces its history to the region.
Cash recently spoke with the Weekender about the album, her family’s roots and where history is taking her.