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DELUXE: This beautiful limited edition version of the album comes as a 36 page hard cover book filled with photos and mementos from Rosanne s musical journey through the American South that resulted in THE RIVER & THE THREAD. It also has 3 bonus studio tracks not included on the standard edition, including covers of songs by celebrated songwriters Townes Van Zandt (Two Girls) and Jesse Winchester (Biloxi) along with the Cash/Leventhal original Your Southern Heart.

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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records (Universal)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"I went back to where I was born, and these songs started arriving in me," says Rosanne Cash. "All these things happened that made me feel a deeper connection to the South than I ever had. We started finding these great stories, and the melodies that went with those experiences."
With The River and the Thread, Cash has added the next chapter to a remarkable period of ... Read more in Amazon's Rosanne Cash Store

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One of her best albums!
Thomas G. Reinhardt
You take a beautiful voice, great lyrics & soulful arrangements and you get a terrific album.
The album is a pleasure to listen to--I have it playing in my car all the time now!
Julie A. Lavrack Stetten

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122 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Branch on January 14, 2014
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I got up early this morning to listen to the 3 new Cd's that were downloaded while I was sleeping. The first I chose to listen to was The River & The Road only because it was 1st in line. I will be honest about this recording I only ordered it on a whim that it would be different from what I listen to.
I am not sure how I would classify this recording but it lies somewhere between Country, Folk and Americana. The recording itself is one of the best recordings that I have heard in sometime. It is fresh, honest, sincere, well written, and surprisingly fantastic piece of work. The engineering and production seems to be flawless. I can't find one song that is not a keeper.
I say do yourself a big favor and buy it,you can't go wrong!
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk on January 14, 2014
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"The River & The Thread", the first release of new material in nearly a decade by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is a wonderful "travelogue" through the South. After having listened to this album, I thought: Wow! Her late father Johnny Cash would have been so proud of her. Of course, I should mention that you need to listen to this album multiple times to be able to truly appreciate it as this is not a musical "quickie", so to speak. Take your time, sit back, close your eyes and really listen so you can immerse yourself in these wonderful songs.

This album is not something you can easily put a music-label on as it has elements of country, folk, bluesy soul, jazz and pop/rock. These personal songs are lyrical stories about her travels in the Deep South put to music, using her wonderful voice to paint word-pictures as she examines what it means to be a Southern American. Rosanne Cash wrote the album's 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator and husband John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist.

"A Feather's Not A Bird", the opening song of the album, and which reminded me of Creedence Clearwater Revival, is a great example of Rosanne's mixing of styles. "Sunken Lands", named for the area where Johnny Cash grew up, is a nice harmonic ditty, and "Etta's Tune" is an ode to Etta and Marshall Grant, Marshall being a longtime family friend and member of Johnny Cash's band. The catchy "Modern Blue" has a strong Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne-vibe and the hymn-like "Tell Heaven" is a meditation on longing and loneliness.

Next is the moody Southern pop song "The Long Way Home", about memories of her father and her time in Tennessee, which is followed by "World Of Strange Design" with its catchy country chorus.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2014
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Over the years, Rosanne Cash has wisely built up a cache of ardent fans; fans who are willing to stick by her through every weal and woe and fans who gulp up every note she hums to. Thus, unlike many burgeoning artists, she’s no longer under the tyranny of recording companies to churn up radio hits and to keep vigilance on her sales figures. Nowadays, Cash can take her time to smell the roses; she simply has the luxury of releasing a record not because she’s obligated to but because she wants to. And being in such an esteemed position has privileged her to be more creative, freer to explore issues closer to her heart rather than writing just to catch a hit. Cash’s former album “The List,” for instance, comprises of 12 songs she personally handpicked from a list her dad Johnny Cash when she was merely 18 years old. After making her home in New York for years, her new album was inspired when Cash was invited to restore her dad’s boyhood home back in the heart of Dixie Land.

In many ways, “The River and the Thread” is part of Cash’s trilogy of releases connected to her late dad Johnny Cash. While 2006’s “Black Cadillac” is Cash’s grief stricken farewell to Cash Sr., 2008’s “The List” comprises of songs from her dad’s bucket list of songs while this current opus was inspired by her trip back to her parents’ home. Thus, “The River and the Thread” has a bittersweet sepia tone nostalgia to it. Though it’s truly a Southern record rifle with histrionics of the land, it’s by no means a country album. That is, if we define “country" in terms of the spiky rollicking style of Cash’s 80s heydays when she was ruling the airwaves with “Second to No One,” “Seven Year Ache,” and "Hold On” among many others.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2014
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The River And The Thread went to #1 on Amazon 01-19-14.

Roseanne Cash recently said in an interview ,"I think music, poetry, and art can do more to change people's outlooks than politics. But only a few people do it really, really well." She was not thinking about her new album, but that is exactly how I would describe her new CD. The first listen will change your attitude, your feet start moving, your legs, your knees, and then a smile opens. By the end of the album, we have become connected to the Southern Roots of Roseanne Cash's memories.

The first tune, 'A Feather's Not A Bird' is filled with the Southern theme, the Delta Country that resounds with the music of the blues. From there we take the southern tour from Arkansas to Memphis. 'Sunken Land' gives us the feel of the fields, the river working the sunken land. 'Modern Blue' brings us to far off lands, but back to Memphis and relationships. 'What's the temperature, darlin?"in 'Etta's Tune' was the question one of Johnny Cash's band mates asked his wife, Etta, everyday as he rose. 'Tell Heaven' is Roseanne's answer to looking for someone to listen to your problems, your woes and ask for blessings. '50,000 Watts' sung with Cory Chisel, may be one of my favorite of these tunes, love the combining of the voices. 'When The Master Calls The Roll', the tune that recounts the Civil War is a rich, remembrance of those times. 'Money Road', the road that leads to the Tallahatchie Bridge where someone threw something off the bridge, and, other more gruesome tales occurred. All in all a CD filled with the richness of southern soil and soul. I received the Deluxe version, which includes three more songs, all so worthy of the southern tour.

'The River and The Thread' is Americana bluesy roots at it's best.
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