LEWISBURG - As part of Bucknell University's commencement weekend festivities, the school will welcome Americana singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal at 7 p.m. May 16, at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, 701 Moore Ave.
The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter family has a musical and family legacy rooted in the very beginnings of American country music with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South.
Her own thoughtful, genre-blurring approach encompasses country, rock, roots and pop influences. She has charted 21 Top 40 country singles and has received a Grammy Award and 12 nominations.
Rosanne Cash, shown, will perform at Bucknell’s commencement concert on May 16.
On her 2009 album "The List," Cash recorded 12 songs from the list of "100 essential country songs" that her father compiled for her and instructed her to learn when she was 18 and about to join his road show.
"The List" received two Grammy nominations and won the Americana Music Association Awards' 2010 Album of the Year.
In addition, her best-selling 2010 memoir, "Composed," was described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read."
Cash's new show celebrates the release of her much anticipated new album, "The River and the Thread" (January 2014, Blue Note Records), a collection of new original songs that connect and re-connect her to the American south, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors.
Cash recently appeared on "CBS Sunday Morning," NPR's "Morning Edition" and "World Cafe with David Dye" to support the new album.
"The River and the Thread" is a poetic survey of places and people of the South, written with Cash's collaborator, musical director and husband, John Leventhal.
Featuring a long list of guests - from young guns like John Paul White and Derek Trucks to such legends as John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Joe White - "The River and the Thread" is a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional and historic landscape of the American South.
The album's unique sound, which draws from country, blues, gospel and rock, reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region.
"The thread" in the album's title comes from Cash's friend Natalie Chanin, a master seamstress in Florence, Ala. "Natalie was teaching me to sew," said Cash, "and she said, 'You have to learn to love the thread,' in this beautiful accent, and it hit me as an enormous metaphor."
The line appears in the album's opener, "A Feather's Not a Bird," a deeply swampy shuffle which Cash describes as "a mini-travelogue of the South, and of the soul."
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.
Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/ WesCenter.