Rosanne Cash has announced the release of a new album of country cover songs to be titled The List. The album gets its title and inspiration from a list of quintessential country songs that her father, the legendary Johnny Cash, had given to her back in 1973. The List will be her 12th studio album, but her first covers album. This time instead of showing off her incredible song-writing skill, she will be showcasing her incredible voice.
Apparently Johnny noticed that his daughter had become obsessed with The Beatles and Southern California rock and pop music, and felt that she didn’t have a proper knowledge or understanding of country music. So he gave her a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” and told her as a part of her education she needed to learn them. Fortunately for us, the list stuck with her and made an impact, and now she is sharing a piece of that list with us through this great album.
Don’t be mistaken, just because this songs she is covering on this album are country songs doesn’t necessarily mean that The List should be categorized as in the genre of country. These songs really are that great and I feel like in the same way that they are able to transcend time, they are able to transcend genre. Not to mention, Cash has four stellar guest performers on this album, none of which are country artists (Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, and Elvis Costello). You can listen to one of the tracks off of the new album here.
The List (Oct. 6th)
1. Miss the Mississippi and You
2. Motherless Children
3. Sea of Heartbreak (w/ Bruce Springsteen)
4. Take These Chains From My Heart
5. I’m Movin’ On
6. She’s Got You
7. Heartaches by the Number (w/ Elvis Costello)
8. 500 Miles
9. Long Black Veil (w/ Jeff Tweedy)
10. Silver Wings (w/ Rufus Wainwright)
11. Girl From the North Country
12. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
For the next artist in our ACL Preview series, I have chosen a very lovely and talented musician that I have seen perform twice before. Both times, she played more of a supporting role. Once with her former band Nickel Creek (it’s kind of hard for anyone to be in the spotlight for long with Chris Thile sharing the stage with you.) The second time was actually at ACL in 2oo6. She joined Ray Lamontagne on stage for several songs during what turned out to be my favorite performances of the weekend.
The 27 year old singer-songwriter and fiddle player has just recently released her first solo album. Although there isn’t hardly anything “solo” about this record. This album was just as much, if not more of a collaborative effort than any of the albums she released with Nickel Creek. Produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, this self-titled debut finds Sara surrounded by an array alt-country friends and stars such as Gilian Welch and David Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, as well as both of her Nickel Creek bandmates.
The album has a nice combination of original pieces along with several covers and traditional pieces. I really love her rendition of the traditional hymn “Give Me Jesus.” It has long been a favorite of mine, and I think her and Thile’s instrumentation definitely does the song justice. But the standout track for me was the closing track “Where Will You Be,” an original by Watkins. It is a very honest and lovely song that that asks a simple question that anyone can relate to. Overall the album is very enjoyable.
She is likely to find herself surrounded by a group of talented musicians this year at ACL. I would definitely put her on my list of artists to see. She has a lots of charisma and a great stage presence. She will put on a great bluegrass show that will be a grand ole time.