Jul 30, 2014
Being so effortlessly classy can’t possibly be as easy as Rosanne Cash makes it look.
Over 80 delicious minutes focused on a sizeable and mouth-watering chunk out of her impressive catalogue of albums, The Man In Black’s Grammy Award-winning daughter showed why she’s such a popular artiste and a songwriter hugely respected among fellow performers. The mood switched seamlessly from country to gospel tones with Celtic roots planted in many songs.
With husband, John Leventhal providing spot-on guitar support, Cash flowed through the set with songs from her latest, widely lauded album, “The River and The Thread” and previous gems “The List” and “Black Cadillac.” She was polished but genuinely spirited.
Her new album is a historic trek through the steamy and creepy American South, through fields where her dad was once set to work as a boy. With her introductions to the newest songs, “A Feather’s Not A Bird”,” Etta’s Tune” and the haunting, “When The Master Calls The Roll” she sounded like a fun history teacher who would be adored by her pupils.
There was so much to admire and enjoy. The Hank Snow cover of “I’m Moving On” fairly bounced as Leventhal cut loose while Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe” – a tale no-one ever tires of hearing – was simply divine with the crowd hanging on every word.
Before singing “Western Wall” Cash told us that Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt covered the song for their 1999 “Tucson Sessions” album and this gave her enormous pleasure as a songwriter.
The sell-out show gave us enormous pleasure, too. It rounded off the Southern Fried Festival in Perth in fine style. Cash said she hoped to be in Scotland – “her spiritual home” – again soon: everyone was pleased to hear that.