Live Review: Cash Charms at The Vets
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Sunday night at The Vets, Rosanne Cash wove a captivating story about America. Technically, it was a story about the South, but as she noted “we don’t typically know who we are as Americans until we know the South, that deep, dark, mystical, dense, Faulknerian, Howlin Wolf South.”
The River and the Thread
In 2014, Cash released The River and the Thread, her musical narrative about the South. Her efforts won the 2015 Grammy award for Best Americana Album and garnered widespread acclaim from critics who declared it her best album, a testament to her roots in the region. She covered the album completely Sunday night, “something I’ve always wanted to do,” Cash noted. Her focus was on the Mississippi Delta - from Memphis, where she was born, through the state of Mississippi, to New Orleans. It was a special experience for those assembled, an evening that was more than just a concert.
First set highlights included the opener “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” a swampy slow rocker about a road trip through the Delta.
“It's never any highway when you're looking for the past
The land becomes a memory and it happens way too fast”
“Sunken Lands” tells the story of her grandmother Carrie Cash, “who was married to a man who was unkind” and struggled to raise her family on (literally) sunken Arkansas farmland.
“Five cans of paint in the empty fields/The dust reveals
The children cry, the work never ends
There's not a single friend
Who will hold her hand in the sunken lands?”
“The Long Way Home” is self-reflective southern blues that has the songwriter confronting her past.
“You thought you left it all behind/You thought you’d up and gone
When all you did was figure out/How to take the long way home”
When the Master Calls the Role” is a love song positioned deep in the Civil War. It’s not overtly political, but more soldier’s story:
“Oh my darling Marianne/The march to war is calling
Somewhere far across these southern lands/The bands of brothers falling”
Her crack band led by husband/collaborator John Leventhal featured great slide guitar work throughout the evening from Kevin Barry. The final song on the album “Money Road” gave the band a chance to stretch out a bit – it was the most energized tune in the first set. Money Road itself is a crossroads of sorts - near the place where blues legend Robert Johnson is buried, and past the grocery where Emmett Till, “a lonesome boy in a foreign land,” committed “a fatal error,” that led to his lynching. You can also find the infamous Tallahatchie Bridge nearby – see second set.
The River and the Thread reminds us that the South is an enthralling yet complicated place – the cotton fields of Mississippi are indeed vast and beautiful, yet they also connect to a troubled history and a legacy of slavery. Rosanne Cash understands the legacy and has created an evocative soundtrack of the region.
Second Set – The Hits and More
Cash ramped up the tempo after a short break. The second set consisted of some fan favorites and several from The List, an album based on an actual list of classics shared by her father. “Blue Moon With Heartache,” “Long Black Veil,” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” were among the crowd favorites. She covered “Robert Zimmerman” twice – first “Girl from North Country,” a song Dylan once recorded with her father and then “Farewell Angelina,” for the first encore.
The 1967 Bobbie Genty classic “Ode to Billy Joe,” was absolutely stunning, Cash’s version rivaling the original recording. Cash and the band closed with one of her biggest hits, “Seven Year Ache,” and wrapped up the encore with the Hedy West cover “500 Miles.”
As an artist, Cash will never escape the influence of her father, a larger than life figure who transcended music to become an American icon. However, she’s a gifted singer, with an angelic voice and is arguably a better songwriter; in many ways, she’s a better musician. Clearly, she inherited her capacity for storytelling from her father, and for that alone, the music world is grateful.
Rosanne Cash appeared in Providence as part of the FirstWorks RI Artistic Icons Series.
Ken Abrams reviews roots, rock and more for GoLocal. E-Mail him here. Photos by Rick Farrell, Mojo Photography.
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