Rosanne Cash returned to what she regards as “One of the greatest festivals in the world.”
Opening the proceedings was rising U.S. star Anderson East from Athens, Alabama who gave a sublime solo acoustic performance. Anderson who usually travels with a much larger band, wowed the audience with tracks from his latest album Delilah such as “Only You,” “Lying In Her Arms,” and “Satisfy Me” along with a great cover of “Bartender Blues” by George Jones.
Rosanne Cash‘s latest album The River and The Thread picked up three Grammy Awards this year. It was no surprise that the room was packed out, with many of attendees showing their appreciation of her father by sporting Johnny Cash t shirts.
Kicking off the show was a trio of numbers from her latest album The Sunken Lands that included “Etta’s Tune” and the award winning “Feather’s Not A Bird.” The pair dug deep into Cash’s extensive back catalog with “Dreams Are Not My Home” from the 2006 album Black Cadillac which featured some passionate playing from John Leventhal, who quipped “that was some serious folk rocking.”
The finger-snapping Hank Snow number “I’m Movin’ On” featured a great solo from Leventhal before the pair played a second number from The List. They also performed “Sea of Heartbreak” which was made famous by Don Gibson. Cash originally recorded the track with Bruce Springsteen, but sadly “The Boss” wasn’t in attendance tonight and Rosanne had to make do with Leventhal who, much to the audience’s amusement, remarked he was the “Under Boss.”
The duo took the crowd through a superb cover of “Tennessee Flat Top Box” by Johnny Cash to huge cheers before closing their main set with “Seven Year Ache” which featured wonderful vocal harmonies. They left the stage to a standing ovation.
Not wanting to disappoint, Leventhal took a spot by grand piano, and they returned with a great rendition of “Western Wall” which was written by Cash and once recorded by Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.
Not only is Rosanne a superb singer/songwriter, she is truly a great story teller. Song after song was accompanied with a tale. With great chemistry between them, they were a thoroughly entertaining duo throughout.