Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder are teaming up for a five-city tour this summer/fall, performing the songs of Rosanne’s father, country icon Johnny Cash.
“[Ry] and I had only performed together a few times over the years, just a song or two and it always left me wanting more,” Rosanne said of their friendship via press release. “We stayed connected by e-mail, sending old songs to each other and talking about music and politics. Knowing his general reticence to perform just for the sake of getting on stage and his impeccably high standards, I held back. I was nervous. Finally, I got up my courage and asked him if he wanted to make up a show – anything at all – and I offered a few ideas. He brushed off my initial thoughts, and said, ‘What springs to mind is a show of your dad’s songs. What else can I say?’ When Ry suggested it, oddly, I didn’t even hesitate. I said ‘Okay, let’s do Johnny.’ I told him that he was the only person on the planet I would do a show of Johnny Cash songs with. When I said that, I felt quite overcome with feeling. I knew I had waited for the right person, the right reason and the right place.”
The duo will play historic venues like Nashville’s Ryman auditorium and New York’s Carnegie Hall, before closing their run at Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House. The pair will be backed by guitarist/musical director John Leventhal, pianist Glenn Patscha, bassist Mark Fain, and drummer Joachim Cooder.
Check out their full list of dates below:
Cash and Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash
June 16 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
June 18 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
October 30 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA
November 2 – Carnegie Hall – New York, NY
November 3 – Metropolitan Opera House – Philadelphia, PA