BY JEFF CLARK
Multi-award winning country musician Rosanne Cash will be performing at the Ford Center Friday night on the campus of the University of Mississippi and again Saturday evening at MSU’s Riley Center in Meridian. Cash is touring behind her critically acclaimed new album, “The River and the Thread,” a collection songs that took Cash back to her roots to her birthplace of Memphis and the surrounding Mississippi Delta.
Cash, the daughter of music icon Johnny Cash, has had 24 top 40 singles, including 11 number one songs on the country charts.
Rosanne Cash at the Ford Center (Ole Miss)
Friday, March 21
Rosanne Cash at the Riley Center (Meridian)
Saturday, March 22
Nicole Atkins To Play Memphis Friday
With the release of “Slow Phaser” in February, New jersey native Nicole Atkins now has her most critically acclaimed album under her belt. And the album’s first single, the uber catchy “Girl You Look Amazing,” may be what catapults Atkins to household name status. Atkins will be bringing the “Slow Phaser” tour to the Hi-Tone in Memphis Friday night.
How long did it take you to write and record “Slow Phaser?”
I spent the better part of two years writing it. Some of it was written in Memphis while I spent time with my friend Matt Ross-Spang at Sun. Some was written in London and Brooklyn with my friend Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I wrote a good chunk of it when I spent time in Joshua Tree in California. Then I spent a month and a half in Sweden writing and recording with Tore Johanson at his studio in Malmo.
The production sounds really warm – almost like analog but not kitschy retro. Were you going for a particular sound?
We were going for a very authentic 70s sound. A little prog, a little disco and a bit Jesus Christ superstar. Mostly we were just playing around and having fun and letting that dictate what happened on tape.
I love “It’s Only Chemistry.” Was it your idea to add the banjo and choir on the chorus?
The choir came first and the banjo came last. Those were Tores ideas. He’s a big fan of choirs and banjos.
How are the live shows going?
Amazing. The band is sounding really huge and strong. It’s nice seeing people dancing at these shows. It’s a special thing to have people moving their bodies to your songs.
Did you have a good SXSW? Do you like or loathe the way the festival has grown?
SXSW destroyed me. It was fun but too many shows in such a short time Don’t get me wrong, the shows were a blast. But I do miss how the festival used to be more about the bands than the tech and marketing. The music is more of a sideshow now.
Do you enjoy doing shows in the South?
I f***ing love doing shows in the south. And Memphis is one of my global homes.