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Rosanne Cash: “Etta’s Tune” and “Money Road”

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Rosanne Cash at the Long Island University CW Post campus in Old Brookville, NY. Tilles Center is a very nice venue and so close to my house that how long it takes to get their depends on whether you make a certain light.

Cash has a wonderful voice. The song above, she explained, is based on the marriage of Marshall Grant, her dad’s first bass player (in the Tennessee Two). Grant and his wife of 65 years, Cash explained, asked each other the same question–about the weather (I forget the exact wording).

The quality of the recording below is not great. It’s about a small area of Mississippi where, she suggested, it is possible to easily walk between where Emmit Till was murdered, the grave of Robert Johnson and the Tallahatchie Bridge (she performed “Ode to Billy” later in the show). At least I believe that is what she said.

Both songs are from the album “The River & the Thread,” in which all the songs are about the south. The band performed the whole record, which was terrific.

Homepage photo of Cash and guitarist/husband John Leventhal: Jonathunder


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