If you need a primer on country music, you couldn't find a better source than one of the genre's giants, Johnny Cash. In 1973, concerned that his 18-year-old daughter Rosanne had neglected her country music education, the Man in Black gave her a far-ranging list of 100 essential country songs. Rosanne used her consequent knowledge of that material to forge her own formidable career as a superb singer-songwriter, weaving those traditions with elements of rock and adult pop into a distinct and sophisticated sound. The List will also be the basis (and title) of Rosanne's next album (due in October), her follow-up to 2006's riveting Black Cadillac, which reflected on the rapidly successive deaths of her father, mother, and stepmother. The repertoire will range from the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan, with guest shots from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, and Rufus Wainwright. Some of that material will be performed by Cash and her husband, guitarist John Leventhal (who also produced The List), when they appear as a duo at the Dakota. Also expect highlights from Cash's 11 previous albums.
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