Rosanne Cash releases her own view of her parent's lives
February 6, 2006 1:34 PM   Subscribe

MusicFilter: Rosanne Cash has in many ways followed in her father, Johnny Cash's footsteps as an independent artist critical of the industry and radio marketing. Black Cadillac, her first album since the death of her mother, father, and step-mother in 2003 was released in the shadow of the better known biopic Walk the Line. Reviews that are not obsessed with the movie tie-in appear to be generally positive: Canoe (orig Winnepeg Sun), Rolling Stone, and Metacritic.
posted by KirkJobSluder (15 comments total)
i once heard someone say "she put the cunt back in country music..."
posted by quonsar at 1:38 PM on February 6, 2006

Her mother, Vivian Distin, just died in May 2005.
posted by JekPorkins at 1:43 PM on February 6, 2006

I heard an interview with her on Sound Check (WNYC). What I heard sounded very good. It's definitely not Country (TM) music. As i get older it's inspiring to see artists that can still grow and change as they get older (she's 50).
posted by doctor_negative at 2:03 PM on February 6, 2006

i once heard someone say "she put the cunt back in country music..."

quonsar, iirc, that was a comment made by Roseanne herself, onstage on first leg of her initial tour, about to launch into the next song ("here's a song guaranteed to put the cunt back into country") Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the audience, aghast. Rolling Stone, but can't recollect what year (early 80's?)
posted by hal9k at 2:18 PM on February 6, 2006

I think the "c*nt" (work filter) remark was about her step-sister, Carlene Carter, who was at one time married to Nick Lowe, if I'm not mistaken. Quite a family, huh?
posted by hwestiii at 2:21 PM on February 6, 2006

She discussed her career and her parents with Kurt Andersen on Studio 360 recently (scroll down).
posted by R. Mutt at 2:24 PM on February 6, 2006

I've been thinking about picking this up ...

Just amazing how much she looks like a perfect amalgamation of her mother and father.
posted by grabbingsand at 2:32 PM on February 6, 2006

Who then, put the dick in Dixieland?
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:34 PM on February 6, 2006

She discussed her career and ...

As she did on NPR two weekends ago.

We named our children after towns that we've never been to.
And it's true that the clouds just hung around
like Black Cadillacs outside a funeral.
And we were laughing at the stars while our feet clung tight to the ground.
So pleased with ourselves for using so many verbs and nouns.

posted by mrgrimm at 2:43 PM on February 6, 2006

mrgrimm: I've heard that lyric somewhere before, but not from Ms. Cash.
Google says modest mouse.
posted by delmoi at 3:03 PM on February 6, 2006

The quote apparently was said by Carlene Carter about a song of hers concerning spouse-swapping.
posted by dhartung at 3:03 PM on February 6, 2006

Carlene Carter was the one who put the cunt back in country, people:

This time out, she may be minding her mouth more closely. It got her into hot water at a New York club date last year, when she introduced "Swap-Meat Rag"--a song from her second LP that bluntly addresses the subject of mate-swapping--with the words, "If this song doesn't put the cunt back in country, nothing will." Unknown to her, June Carter and Johnny Cash were in the audience.
"I've never known such embarrassment," she says. "My sister Cindy told me later that John said, 'Carlene looked right at me and said that.' I don't know, I was singing this song about husband-swapping--it was all just a rude portrait of my set--and it just came out. I got Quote of the Year in Playboy."

Rosanne is, uh, a bit more refined than her stepsister.
posted by pantload at 3:44 PM on February 6, 2006

Oopsie, didn't see the above link. Oh well!
posted by pantload at 3:46 PM on February 6, 2006

Roseanne Cash is the goods. I checked out The Wheel from the library three years ago, and was immediately hooked. Bought Ten Song Demo a few months later, and was equally impressed. She's "country" in the same sense Nanci Griffith or Mary Chapin Carpenter are country -- they may have picked that genre to start with, they may keep a rootsy feel, but it's not the Nashville Aesthetic at work in their stuff, just good songwriting. I should have picked up Rules of Travel long ago, and now there's something else to buy, too. Great.
posted by weston at 8:19 PM on February 6, 2006

I heard the album yesterday. I'm not familiar with her music (and have heard very little from her father) but I really like this a lot. Earnest and beautiful.
posted by kryptondog at 5:51 PM on February 7, 2006

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