Rosanne Cash on Johnny Cash, Country Covers and Supergroups
mention." And then people started coming up to me and saying, "When are you going to make a record based on this list?" Even so, I thought, "oh no, no, no." Then I decided I wanted to do a covers record and my husband finally said, "If you're going to do a covers record, the only one you can do is the list."
Rosanne Cash on what 'The List' taught her about Johnny Cash (video)
Do you feel you're bringing back music that hasn't been heard, but should be heard, by a younger generation?
I didn't start doing that, but I find that is happening. People are bringing their kids to shows and saying, "It is important that you know these songs." I've overheard that and thought, "wow, I'm in the service of something bigger than me," which is so great. And also these songs should be alive. They shouldn't just be museum pieces, they should still be performed. They are part of who we are.
You've said that for a long time you resisted being famous because of your family name. Did doing 'The List' help exorcise that?
It helped me integrate it. It is my name, too. And it's not gracious to keep pushing that away anymore. I'm not a kid. I accept all of it, all of the legacy. I accept it bad and good. It's me, it's my family.
Rosanne Cash on the people who idolize and mythologize Johnny Cash (video)
Do you think about what would be on your list?
Sure. My daughter, Chelsea Crowell, is a musician and her album just came out in November. She said to me, "where's my list?" So I'm thinking about it.
Any decisions about the songs you