Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, accompanied by her band, will make her Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere in a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Eisenhower Auditorium concert of music from her Grammy Award-winning album “The River & The Thread.”
The recording includes 11 original songs written by Cash and her longtime collaborator — and husband — John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist for the project.
“The River & The Thread,” which earned a Grammy for best Americana album, evokes the American South’s rich landscape — physical, musical and emotional — and examines the indelible impressions it’s made on Cash, who was born in Memphis, Tenn., and on our collective culture.
The album’s songs portray a multigenerational cast of characters — from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a present-day couple in Alabama. “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” the album’s opening track, garnered Grammys for best Americana roots song and best Americana roots performance.
While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in many musical styles associated with the South — Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country, rock and others — the resulting collection of songs is contemporary.
Cash’s crystalline voice and Leventhal’s compelling guitar are the heart of the project, but they weave in additional instrumentation to suit the tone of each song.
During the concert, photographs will be projected above the performers to invite a sense of connection to the songs and their extended stories.
Cash has recorded 15 albums and charted 21 top-40 country singles, 11 of which reached number one.
A Chicago Tribune reviewer described “Composed,” her 2010 memoir, as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”
Tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX.
Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
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