By Michael Streissguth
In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her an inventory of a hundred songs, many from the Southern culture, that he felt a tender musician needed to be aware of. Always Been There tells the interior tale of the album that, greater than thirty-five years later, resulted from “the list.”
Based on unique interviews performed within the studio, at domestic in big apple urban, and on travel in Europe, Always Been There files a pivotal episode in Rosanne Cash’s lengthy and engaging occupation. As she, besides manufacturer and husband John Leventhal, painstakingly reconstructs what songs made “the record” and why, we achieve an unequalled knowing of an extended musican continuium that comes with the Carter kin and different fabled names of the Southern pantheon and their effect on her tune and writing. We additionally see how Leventhal’s abilities as an arranger and musician pair with Rosanne’s looking vocal performances to make those outdated songs new again.
Always Been There tracks Rosanne Cash’s singular and storied occupation from her early advertisement hits with albums like King’s list Shop via her arguable cut up with Nashville culture on albums just like the mercurial Interiors to the elegant Black Cadillac. It paints an unforgettable portrait of Rosanne confronting music-making within the aftermath of significant mind surgical procedure, her lifelong look for her legacy, and her precise artistic partnerships.
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Extra resources for Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, "The List", and the Spirit of Southern Music
I even suggest at one point that we should all pool our money and award the pot to whomever guesses the greatest number of selections on the list . . when it shows up. ” She is thinking seriously about her selections, and I’ve just interrupted her. We return to our other sidewalk topic: The List as historical document. This notion appeals. “Bill Riley, my vocal coach, he says . . he’s also a scientist and gives lectures all over the world, and he has this great reputation. ’ That really stuck with me.
I pick up where she left off in the e-mail sent from her sickbed the previous weekend. Why entertain the possibility of recording two List albums? “I don’t know. I guess it’s because I am a really structured person, and so something like that, I couldn’t fudge it. It had to be exact or not; it had to be either/or. ’ “It’s a trick I play with myself to give me a wider berth to make the record I want to make. It’s the same trick I played with myself when I hid the list from myself because, I told you, I clearly remember putting it in a place where I knew I wouldn’t find it, like with taxes or children’s artwork or letters to dead aunts.
Sweet Memories” is not one of its originator’s best known. Newbury wrote it in the 1960s while under contract to Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville, and although it climbed the pop charts with Andy Williams in 1968, his “An American Trilogy” and “Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)” are better known. Willie Nelson, too, recorded “Sweet Memories” in 1968 during his lost years at RCA Victor, but the first version to hit the country charts came in the voice of duet partners Don Gibson and Dottie West in 1969.
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