16 April 2010

The List: a Singer Songwriter's PhD


I saw Roseanne Cash at Duke's Page Auditorium this week. Steeped in the deepest roots of American music-the Carter Family and daughter of iconic Johnny Cash- Roseanne Cash has mastered the art of writing a perfectly crafted lyric. Her music, her voice and the control she maintains over it all is a performance called The List. At the age of 18, her father gave her a list of 100 Songs, it was her Education- he said. He must have known this daughter would be forever immersed in Music. Roseanne learned her lessons well- Performing just a few songs from the List of 100, Roseanne was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen for a duet. He happened to be on campus and sang Sea of Heartache (on the List) and recorded it for the List album.*

1st image is by Annie Lebovitz
Read my niece Liz's interview with Roseanne Cash here  it is pretty great I must say.
*Rosanne Cash has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy for "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals" for Sea of Heartbreak, a duet with Bruce Springsteen that appears on her critically acclaimed album The List.


  1. Her voice is so sultry and smoky.

  2. I've loved Rosanne Cash since 1981's "Seven Year Ache" - "My Baby Thinks He's a Train" was a favorite. Thanks for this post. I was unaware of the Bruce Springsteen duet.



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