By Michael Streissguth
In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her an inventory of a hundred songs, many from the Southern culture, that he felt a tender musician needed to comprehend. 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 carried out within the studio, at domestic in manhattan urban, and on travel in Europe, Always Been There records a pivotal episode in Rosanne Cash’s lengthy and interesting 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 kin and different fabled names of the Southern pantheon and their effect on her song and writing. We additionally see how Leventhal’s skills as an arranger and musician pair with Rosanne’s looking vocal performances to make those outdated songs new again.
Always Been There tracks Rosanne Cash’s singular and storied occupation from her early advertisement hits with albums like King’s checklist Shop via her arguable cut 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 exact inventive partnerships.
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Extra resources for Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit of Southern Music
I’m inclined to think she doesn’t care, being happy to embrace vestiges of an old business model and—like Neko Case, Emmylou Harris, and others—inhabit quarters of the music industry that still thrive on a less exploitive business model. Rosanne’s career took off on the wings of a corporate monster. After a hushed first album released in Germany in 1978, her father presented her to Rick Blackburn, head of Columbia Records’ Nashville office. In 1978 Columbia was still owned by CBS, the media conglomerate that each year was demanding higher profits from its recording labels.
So it’s just a game I’m playing with myself. ” Rosanne wants to make the record she wants to make. That’s clear. But to return to the point I began to make on Ninth Avenue, she could just use the license of her own fame and artistry to compile and record a list of songs. “I could do that,” she replies, “but number one, I like the idea of stopping it at 1973, when the list was made. That’s really important to me, and so that in itself is definitively from the list, because it was 97803018523-text_Layout 1 8/27/09 10:30 AM Page 34 34 ALWAYS BEEN THERE made in 1973.
Having this real panic. ‘What have I done? ” A new world opened to Rosanne in New York. She took up prose writing in earnest, compiling an impressive portfolio that would 97803018523-text_Layout 1 8/27/09 10:30 AM Page 52 52 ALWAYS BEEN THERE Rosanne in Memphis, circa 1990. include essays published in the Oxford American, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and many other venues. Her liquid wit and wistful turns of phrase translated well to the printed page. In 1993 she finally turned in another album, The Wheel, her farewell to Columbia.
Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit of Southern Music by Michael Streissguth