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Rosanne Cash & Ry Cooder
Cash & Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash

Rosanne Cash & Ry Cooder

Dec 05 - Dec 06
War Memorial Opera House
WedDec 5
7:30 PM

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ThuDec 6
7:30 PM

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Back by popular demand, Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder return to San Francisco to reprise their endearing collaboration to perform classics from Johnny Cash’s treasure-filled songbook. A former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, Cash performed with Cooder in SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium for four nights in May as part of the 2017-2018 Season, selling out all performances almost immediately. Wanting to give more music lovers in the community a chance to share in this celebration of her father’s work, Cash is bringing her collaboration with Cooder back to San Francisco and to the War Memorial Opera House.

IN ROSANNE'S WORDS:
"When I was planning my residency at SFJAZZ, I couldn’t stop thinking about Ry (Cooder). He and I had only performed together a few times over the years, just a song or two on an awards show or tribute show, and it always left me wanting more. We stayed connected by email, sending old songs to each other and talking about music and politics, but I wanted to do a real show with him. 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 together for SFJAZZ—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?’ I’ve spent almost 40 years avoiding that very thing, but 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."

IN RY'S WORDS:
"I was in the 4th grade and things were not looking up. Then one day they played 'Hey Porter' on the aircraft worker’s radio station. In those days you heard Bob Wills and Webb Pierce, which was good, but Johnny was something different. It was like a hand reached out from my little Sears radio and grabbed me by the shirt and said, ‘you’re coming with me now.’ That was 63 years ago. So, when Rosanne said, ‘Okay, let’s do Johnny,’ I said, ‘I think I’m ready.’"

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ABOUT ROSANNE CASH
Cash has landed nearly a dozen #1 country hit singles while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations, culminating in three GRAMMY wins for her latest Blue Note release, The River & The Thread. The album made the “Best of Year” lists in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, and USA Today. Publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American and New York Magazine have published her essays, columns and fiction, and she’s written both an acclaimed volume of short stories, Bodies of Water, and a fascinating memoir, Composed.

Rosanne Cash Honored with "Spirit of Americana" Award (Rolling Stones)

ABOUT RY COODER
Known best for his work with Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton as well as his role as producer of the blockbuster album Buena Vista Social Club, Cooder is a six-time GRAMMY winner synonymous with American roots music, ranked in the top 10 of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” He is the perfect partner on this journey with Cash, who has never before devoted performances to the songs of her legendary father.

Ms. Cash has a way of evoking passions and heartbreak without raising her voice.

The New York Times on Rosanne Cash

Ms. Cash has a way of evoking passions and heartbreak without raising her voice.

The New York Times on Rosanne Cash

Personnel

Rosanne Cash guitar & vocals
Ry Cooder guitar
John Leventhal guitar & music director
Glenn Patscha piano
Mark Fain bass
Joachim Cooder drums

For more than forty years he has been a musician other musicians have followed closely, and no popular musician has a broader or deeper catalog.

The New York Times on Ry Cooder

Personnel

Rosanne Cash guitar & vocals
Ry Cooder guitar
John Leventhal guitar & music director
Glenn Patscha piano
Mark Fain bass
Joachim Cooder drums

For more than forty years he has been a musician other musicians have followed closely, and no popular musician has a broader or deeper catalog.

The New York Times on Ry Cooder

Watch & Listen

Rosanne Cash

Tennessee Flat Top Box

Ry Cooder

Johnny Cash

Rosanne Cash

Tennessee Flat Top Box

Ry Cooder

Johnny Cash