The River & The Thread
in concert

April 10, 6:30 PM – The Vets


“… Ms. Cash has a voice both dark and sweet, and she knows how to convey the quiet sting of heartache.” —The New York Times

Legendary singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash hits the road with a full band and multimedia experience featuring music from her latest (and finest!) album, The River & the Thread, which garnered three Grammy awards this year. One of the most compelling figures in popular music, she inherited a reverence for song and profound artistry—and an equal duty to find insights of her own. These songs, written by Cash and her longtime collaborator and husband, John Leventhal, evoke the American South’s rich landscape—physical, musical, and emotional—and examine the indelible impressions it has made on our collective culture.

The music portrays a multigenerational cast of characters: from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a present-day couple in Alabama. While Cash and Leventhal were inspired by the many musical styles associated with the South—Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country, rock, and others—the resulting collection of songs is contemporary. Cash has recorded 15 albums and charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which have reached #1. A Chicago Tribune reviewer describes Composed, her 2010 memoir, as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”

Tickets: $28-75 (incl. $3 restoration fee). Premium ticket includes post-show bourbon-tasting & reception with Rosanne Cash. Part of the FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series.

Connecting Art with Education: Rosanne Cash will share her cultural legacy and what led to her kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical, and historic landscape of the American South with FirstWorks Arts Learning students from across Rhode Island on April 11.