Rosanne Cash Shares Inspirations Behind New ‘The River & the Thread’ Album – Exclusive Video
Rosanne Cash returned home to find inspiration for her new ‘The River & the Thread’ album. The singer says she headed south to first visit with people she knew, but the trip quickly became so much more. In this video exclusive to Taste of Country Cash explains how she felt a new connection to the land and the soil and the life around her.
“The veils were taken off some things that I thought I knew,” Cash says early on in this clip. “It was powerfully inspiring.” She and husband and collaborator John Leventhal quickly began writing. He produces the album, while artists like Derek Trucks, John Paul White of the Civil Wars and John Prine were quick to jump on board to collaborate.
During the video fans get to hear samples of a number of the album’s signature songs, as well as see photos and video taken of the band in studio. The most enjoyable moments feature the eldest daughter of Johnny Cash talking about her journey however.
“We don’t really know who we are as Americans until we know the Delta,” she says. During her journey — which is chronicled in a gallery at Pinterest — Cash visited lesser-known historical sites like the farms bluesman Howlin’ Wolf began playing in, the city that birthed the Civil Rights movement and the famous Tallahatchie Bridge. Her father’s boyhood home provided inspiration, and she jumped on board to help Arkansas State University secure the funds to purchase the house.
“All of these kind of mythical places and images gave birth to songs,” she says. ‘The River & the Thread’ was released on Tuesday (Jan. 14).