One of 2009's best albums, Rosanne Cash's The List features striking versions of 12 of the 100 classic country songs her father told her she should know when he was concerned his 18-year-old daughter was skimping on her roots education. You couldn't ask for a better authority on country music than Johnny Cash, and Rosanne used that list of essential songs to great effect in pursuing her own career. Actually the songs have a remarkably wide scope, encompassing gospel, folk, blues, and swing, and ranging from the Carter Family and Merle Haggard to Bob Dylan. Although the album has been greeted with great acclaim, it wasn't eligible for this year's Grammys due to its October release date. But the first single was, a duet with Bruce Springsteen on the Don Gibson vehicle "Sea of Heartbreak," and it was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Rosanne and her husband, guitarist and producer John Leventhal, previewed the album last summer with an intimate performance at the Dakota. Their return, this time at the Guthrie, should be just as engaging. And they may even preview some of the material for the already-planned next volume of nuggets from the Man in Black's list.
Mon., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., 2010