This week’s Top Tune is most appropriately one of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Songs of 2014. With the feel of a classic Celtic ballad, this “five-minute-long historical novel of a song (written by Cash, Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal), transforms the story of a Civil War marriage into a protest against the futility of combat”.–NPR.
“I have ancestors on both sides of the Civil War; a William Cash in the Confederate Army and a William Cash in the Union Army.” says Rosanne Cash from the liner notes to her album, The River & the Thread. “Another ancestor, Mary Ann Cash, was around 20 years old at the beginning of the Civil War and I figured she must have had a sweetheart who was a soldier”.
“Rodney was up for writing a Civil War ballad with me, which I always wanted to do. We got together a couple of times and wrote the rest by email to John’s magnificent melody. Rodney had already written the first eight lines, taken directly from a 19th century personals ad.” You can hear the fantastic results including a choir consisting of Crowell, Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and Tony Joe White in, “When the Master Calls the Roll“.
Rosanne returns home this week after a victorious European tour for a special concert on Saturday August 9th at Lincoln Centers’ Damrosch Park. It will be presented by the inaugural Americanafest NYC (a new partnership between Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the 15-year-old Nashville-based Americana Music Association). The show will be streamed live at 6pm local time and hosted by country singer/songwriter and former radio host, Laura Cantrell. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale plus The Lone Bellow will be the supporting artists. You can click the link HERE to stream live.
Contact & Licensing info:
Rosanne Cash is published by Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. John Leventhal is published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Rodney Crowell is published by We Jam Writers Group/Saddle Springs Songshop/BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James / email@example.com