The River and the Thread
Produced by and co-written with John Leventhal, this album marks Cash's Decca / Blue Note debut. 'The River and The Thread' is Rosanne Cash's first album in more than four years. Cash wrote the album's 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist. With 'The River and The Thread', Cash turns her attention to American lives and locations. The album richly evokes the Southern landscape - physical, musical, emotional - and examines the indelible impressions it has made on our own collective culture and on Cash. 'The River and The Thread' is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters, from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South - swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few - this is a completely contemporary collection. Cash's crystalline voice and Leventhal's compelling guitar work are at the heart of the album, and they bring in additional instrumentation to suit the tone of each particular song, from the delicate orchestral passages of 'Night School,' (which nods to Stephen Foster, who also had a deep affection for the South) to the ghostly keyboards of the album closer 'Money Road'. Limited Heavyweight Gatefold LP.