Video: Whispering Bob’s Allstars “Stand by Me (2020)”

60 years ago, Ben E King wrote the beautiful ballad ‘Stand By Me’.  Right now, in the middle of a crisis for the live music industry, Whispering Bob Harris is asking all of us to stand by those working in music’s grassroots who need our support.  Harris has assembled a huge list of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, including the likes of Rosanne Cash, Keb’ Mo’, Richard Thompson, Sam Outlaw, Darius Rucker, Martyn Joseph, Elles Bailey, Robert Vincent and many more.  The resulting cover of the King classic is simply glorious. Continue reading “Video: Whispering Bob’s Allstars “Stand by Me (2020)””

Video: Rosanne Cash “Crawl Into The Promised Land”

Rosanne Cash has released a new single ‘Crawl into the Promised Land’  featuring her husband and producer John Leventhal. It’s a topical song, in which she references the pandemic and Black Lives Matter amongst other issues. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Cash told them: “My tour was cancelled and I was off the road, sequestered in my own home, with time, a stack of writing journals, and a recording studio in the basement. The only thing to do was write songs.” In a post on social media she commented: “We can get back to our dream of America, where the ‘enemy’ is an individual burden, inside each of us, aching for a truce. We’re exhausted. We’re disoriented. But I know we have the strength and will to deliver ourselves.” Continue reading “Video: Rosanne Cash “Crawl Into The Promised Land””

Rosanne Cash wins 2020 Edward MacDowell Medal

Rosanne Cash has become the 61st person to win the Edward MacDowell Medal, although the ceremony itself won’t take place till next year because of the ongoing pandemic. The award is named after the composer Edward MacDowell, and honours artists who have made “significant contributions to American culture.” Previous winners include John Updike, Leonard Bernstein, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, David Lynch and Georgia O’Keeffe. Continue reading “Rosanne Cash wins 2020 Edward MacDowell Medal”

Rosanne Cash and John Paul White join forces for “We’re All In This Together”

John Paul White has teamed up with Rosanne Cash for the song ‘We’re All in This Together Now’ the melody for which was originally written by White for a now eerily prophetic set of lyrics which Cash wrote some time ago. Proceeds from the purchase of the song will benefit the charity Music Health Alliance who are providing support for the immediate needs of music industry professionals and their families during the current crisis through relief grants and other resources.  The video for the song was directed by Michael Kessler and showcases footage of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak both good and bad. The song was originally penned for Cash’s most recent album ‘She Remembers Everything’ but didn’t make the final cut. “I don’t believe I’ve ever been a part of something that foretold things to come as vividly as this song, or something that would feel so relevant months after its completion,” White says.

Classic Album Review: Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache” (Columbia,1981)

Rosanne Cash’s second album for Columbia Records was a turning point in her career. Although Grammy Awards came later, it was with ‘Seven Year Ache’ that Cash announced herself to the world as a major songwriting and singing talent. It was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Chart and number 26 on the mainstream Billboard Chart. Two of the album’s three Country Chart-topping singles were written by Cash herself, ‘Blue Moon with Heartache’ and the title track, ‘Seven Year Ache’, which also reached number 22 on the pop charts. Continue reading “Classic Album Review: Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache” (Columbia,1981)”

Video: Rosanne Cash “Tennessee Flat Top Box”

For this week’s retro video, we’re travelling back in time to November 1987 when Rosanne Cash released her version of her Dad’s ‘Tennessee Flat Top Box’.  Originally a hit for Johnny Cash in 1961, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Country chart, the story of a boy who dreamed of becoming a country music star has long been a fan favourite.  Continue reading “Video: Rosanne Cash “Tennessee Flat Top Box””

Rosanne Cash, Isbell and more voice support for gun control

Rolling Stone carried an interesting piece yesterday on americana and country artists who in the wake of the recent mass shootings in the US have voiced their support for gun control. In several recent incidents, the guns used were semi-automatic assault weapons which more than half of Americans favour a ban on owning. Continue reading “Rosanne Cash, Isbell and more voice support for gun control”

Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs

The 2018 Americana Music Association Awards took place last night, hosted by the lovely Milk Carton Kids, and no surprises for guessing who won a number of them (literally no surprises as we told you in the headline).  Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell reinforced his status as the king of the Americana genre at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards. Continue reading “Jason Isbell dominates at 2018 AMAs”

Rosanne Cash will receive Americana award for free speech

Lovely to hear about this award whenever it crops up, and nice to see at least one Rosanne talking sense this year! RS report: “Four-time Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, who has actively advocated against gun violence for more than two decades and spoken out on myriad other issues throughout her career, will be the latest recipient of the Americana Music Association’s “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award. The singer-songwriter will receive the honor during the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards event on September 12th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Continue reading “Rosanne Cash will receive Americana award for free speech”

Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album

What a line up this record has, the next best thing to being there (or going back in time). Rolling Stone reports: “With songs that have been recorded by an impressive range of artists from George Jones, Skeeter Davis and Roy Orbison to the Raiders, Jefferson Airplane and Kanye West, writer and artist John D. Loudermilk was one of the most diverse and prolific tunesmiths of the 20th century. The author of such iconic hits as “Tobacco Road,” “Indian Reservation,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” and “Abilene,” was the subject of a stellar tribute concert in March 2016 at the Franklin Theatre south of Nashville. Now, an album of that event featuring Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and many more, is set for a September 15th release. See the track listing below.  Continue reading “Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album”