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Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit by Michael Streissguth

By Michael Streissguth

In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her a listing of a hundred songs, many from the Southern culture, that he felt a tender musician needed to be aware of. Always Been There tells the interior tale of the album that, greater than thirty-five years later, resulted from “the list.”

Based on unique interviews performed within the studio, at domestic in ny urban, and on journey in Europe, Always Been There records a pivotal episode in Rosanne Cash’s lengthy and engaging profession. As she, besides manufacturer and husband John Leventhal, painstakingly reconstructs what songs made “the checklist” and why, we achieve an unequalled knowing of an extended musican continuium that incorporates the Carter family members and different fabled names of the Southern pantheon and their impression on her track and writing. We additionally see how Leventhal’s skills as an arranger and musician pair with Rosanne’s looking out vocal performances to make those outdated songs new again.

Always Been There tracks Rosanne Cash’s singular and storied profession from her early advertisement hits with albums like King’s list Shop via her arguable break up with Nashville culture on albums just like the mercurial Interiors to the elegant Black Cadillac. It paints an unforgettable portrait of Rosanne confronting music-making within the aftermath of significant mind surgical procedure, her lifelong look for her legacy, and her distinctive inventive partnerships.


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Clockwise: Rosanne, drummer John Ware, guitarist Hank DeVito, Brad Hartman, Bronco Newcombe, and bassist Emory Gordy, Jr. heterosexual romance,” wrote Geoffrey Himes. “Those desires often conflict . . and her determined efforts to resolve that dilemma would make her one of the most interesting singer-songwriters of her generation. ” Her early 1980s compositions “Seven Year Ache,” “Hold On,” and “Second to None” illustrate Himes’s point. If one had to pick a country music forebear of Rosanne’s, it might be Patsy Cline, but Rosanne was too Beatles, Byrds, and Flying Burrito Brothers to be considered a child of country music, even though her parentage suggested exactly that.

She half-expects the list—a burning memory right now— to curl from a turning page or drop out of an income tax file. “Half-expects” because years ago she remembers finding the piece of paper and stowing it in a box or file that she knew then would be 19 97803018523-text_Layout 1 8/27/09 10:30 AM Page 20 20 ALWAYS BEEN THERE Searching for the list in the upper room. difficult to find later. “I hid a nice pair of earrings once,” she quips. “I don’t know why. ” Although a shrink might be helpful in finding the list, Rosanne has instead enlisted the vision of a psychic.

In the studio we would argue; it’s a very intense environment sometimes. But we’ve been working together, let’s see, The Wheel was made in ’93–’94, so. . ” Their marriage has produced one son and all or part of four albums. Their first record together as a married couple was 1996’s 10 Song Demo, which followed Rosanne’s New York bohemian lead with its introspective verse and stately instrumentation. In a way, the album, which featured “The Summer I Read Collette,” capped Rosanne’s transition to New York, reflecting on separation and then submission to an ideal, to love.

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