Americana superstar Rosanne Cash sat down with legendary BBC presenter Bob Harris for an hour long interview to kick off day two of the Americana Music Conference on 9/19. Cash's interview touched on numerous subjects from her famous family to her research for the new album to her landmark 2009 release, “The List.”
But before Cash and Harris hit the stage, the Recording Industry Association of America head Cary Sherman provided the morning's keynote speech. Sherman acknowledged his organization's PR problems out of the gate, noting that to many people the RIAA was “those people who sue everybody.” He even even made a joke about a “failed product line” before showing a picture of a roll of RIAA emblazoned toilet paper.
Sherman spoke of the exponential growth of electronic music distribution and the great strides made by companies in providing legal alternatives to file sharing sites. He also touched on the challenges faced in recent Congressional battles with internet radio provider Pandora.
After Sherman's presentation ended, famed BBC presenter “Whispering Bob” Harris took the stage to conduct and interview and Q&A session with Americana legend Rosanne Cash. Cash spoke of her recent assistance in efforts to restore her father's childhood home, noting that she normally “stayed well clear of Johnny Cash projects because there are so many, but bringing back his childhood home was something I think my dad would have wanted.”
In her work with the Cash childhood home, Rosanne found herself digging into her family's musical and cultural heritage, leading her to find Cash family members on both sides of the Civil War. This prompted Cash to work on a Civil War ballad for her new album.
Cash also touched on her 2009 landmark album “The List”, an album of cover songs culled from a list of songs Johnny Cash gave his daughter to serve as her “education.” Rosanne noted her father's wide ranging musical tastes and their influence on her own musical styles. She acknowledged that many fans were clamoring for “The List 2”, but stated she has no plans to release another “List” album at this time. She cited the months she spent bedridden and having to relearn certain speech as driving her desire to return to work original to her.