Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder
Cash and Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash
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Rosanne Cash, Guitar and Vocals
Ry Cooder, Guitar and Vocals
John Leventhal, Music Director and Guitar
Glenn Patscha, Piano
Mark Fain, Bass
Joachim Cooder, Drums
Event DurationThe concert will last approximately two hours with no intermission.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 chart-topping singles. She Remembers Everything—her latest release—is a poetic, lush, and soulful collection of songs that reckon with a flawed and intricate world. It follows her triple Grammy-winning 2014 album The River & the Thread and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her southern roots and family heritage.
Cash is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Oxford American, The Nation, and many more print and online publications. A new book, Bird on a Blade, was recently published by UT Press, combining images by acclaimed artist Dan Rizzie with strands of lyrics from a variety of Cash’s songs. In addition to regular touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, SFJAZZ, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Library of Congress.
Cash was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist in the 2015–2016 season and also served as a 2015 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. That same year, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2017–2018, she was a resident artistic director at SFJAZZ. Last year, Cash was awarded with the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award by the Americana Music Association and received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. She is currently writing the lyrics for a musical, Norma Rae, with composer John Leventhal and book-writer John Weidman.
Ry Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film-score composer best known for his unparalleled skill on the slide guitar. Cooder has been the recipient of six Grammy Awards, including Best World Music Album, Best Pop Instrumental Album, and the 1997 Best Tropical Latin Performance for his work producing the classic album Buena Vista Social Club.
Cooder’s wide-ranging discography includes more than 20 classic albums, such as Boomer’s Story (1972), Chicken Skin Music (1976), Bop till You Drop (1979), Borderline (1980), Get Rhythm (1987), My Name Is Buddy (2007), Election Special (2012), and Live in San Francisco (2013), which was recorded during a two-night stint at the famous Great American Music Hall, and featured Joachim Cooder, Arnold McCuller, and Flaco Jiménez.
Cooder’s collaborations with fellow musicians over the years have produced quintessential albums such as Little Village (1992), The Long Black Veil with The Chieftains (1995), Mambo Sinuendo with Manuel Galbán (2003), and the aforementioned award-winning Buena Vista Social Club, which saw the reunion of some of the greatest surviving musicians of the 20th-century Cuban music scene.
Growing up in Santa Monica during the 1960s filled Cooder with a profound appreciation for the deep roots of his community, reflected in his work through albums such as 2005’s Grammy-nominated album Chávez Ravine, a tribute to the former Los Angeles Latino enclave of the same name, as well as his 2008 album I, Flathead, based on the drag-racing culture of the early 1960s in the salt flats of Southern California.
Cooder’s skills as a musician and composer have translated into his scoring multiple film soundtracks, including Paris, Texas; The Long Riders; Southern Comfort; Streets of Fire; Last Man Standing; and Crossroads. An in-demand session musician, he has performed on albums by The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Nancy Sinatra, Kim Carnes, Randy Newman, John Hiatt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys, and Mavis Staples.
As a touring artist, Cooder has performed with Nick Lowe, Ricky Skaggs, and Sharon White, visiting such countries as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, and Great Britain. The summer of 2018 saw him back on tour with his own band, featuring his son Joachim on drums, in support of The Prodigal Son, released worldwide on Fantasy Records. Cooder has been performing very special concerts with Rosanne Cash in their Cash and Cooder on Cash show that started with her residency at SFJAZZ in May 2018.