‘Rules for Changing the World’

This was intended to be a sweet little prewar column about an artist I admire, Rosanne Cash. Still sexy after all these years, she just released her first commercial CD in nearly a decade after having remarried, had a fourth kid, signed with a different record company and lost and regained her voice after nearly three years of silence. I said yes to writing about Rosanne when the Capitol publicist called about Rules of Travel because (a) I’ve always wanted to meet her, (b) she was kind enough to blurb my Springsteen book and I’ve never had the chance to thank her, and (c) hello, she’s Johnny Cash’s daughter, though it’s not easy to see the connection musically. Johnny is gruff, to the point and occasionally prophetic; Rosanne is smooth and subtle. Johnny is inspiring; Rosanne, comforting, even warming. I was hoping to learn something about where these differences derive. Over cappuccinos in a Chelsea bakery, I asked Rosanne about trying to relaunch her career at age 47 in an industry that cares more about the lint in Britney’s bellybutton than the adult ambivalence to which she gives voice. “When I first moved to Nashville,” she recalled, “the first record… Read full this story

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