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Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash speaks to 'CBS Sunday Morning' about her new connection to the south

by jmaloni


Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash has lived in New York City for two decades, but revisiting her famous family's roots in the south started her on a longer journey, she says in an interview with Anthony Mason for "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood," to be broadcast Jan. 19 (9 a.m.) on the CBS Television Network. 

"I didn't know how deeply I felt about the south until I started writing the songs, or how connected I felt," Cash told Mason. 

Cash, the daughter of the late country legend, Johnny Cash, had 10 No. 1 country hits of her own in the 1980s, though she spurned Nashville for New York City. 

"I pushed it away for so long," Cash said while revisiting the south with Mason. "I didn't feel at home. I wanted a bigger world." 

Cash told Mason she reconnected with the region after a series of road trips with her husband, musician and producer John Leventhal. Together, they visited significant places in Arkansas where her dad grew up, as well as Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. The songs inspired by her visits are collected in her new album, "The River & The Thread."

Cash spoke with Mason about her family, her childhood, and the trips back home. Cash and Mason also visited the grave of blues great Robert Johnson, and the singer-songwriter left behind a guitar pick. 

"I'm going to leave my super-geeky white triangle medium pick for RJ," she told Mason. "I hope he doesn't mind."

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