Rosanne Cash will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Feb. 3, in a duo format with her husband, guitarist John Leventhal, who has produced or co-produced many of her albums and written many songs with her.
“We do this duo show together a lot,” she said in an interview with Bob “DJ Easy Wind” O’Donnell and Jerry “Jumpin’ J.B.” Balderson of HomegrownRadioNJ.com. “We really love it … . It’s intimate, without being lethargic — it’s intimate and energetic.”
Cash, who is one of Johnny Cash’s daughters, participated in the Women’s March last week, with her daughters. Like many singer-songwriters, she feels that the current political situation will have an impact on her songwriting.
“I’ve been an activist since I was in my early teens. I campaigned for George McGovern when I was too young to vote,” she said on HomegrownRadioNJ.org. “I have been active in environmental causes, in children’s issues, political causes. … . So this is not new for me: activism.
“But I have to say that it’s stirred up on a deep, deep level, and my patriotism is stirred up on a deep level. The Cashes have been in America since the 1650s, and I love this country, and the erosion of constitutional values frightens me deeply. So I do feel more activated, and it is starting to affect my songwriting. I was just talking to Ry Cooder a couple of days ago, and he said, ‘Would you rewrite the lyrics to (the traditional song) ‘Jesus Is on the Mainline’ for me, about the current political situation, so I can sing it at this awards ceremony I’m gonna do?’ And I said, ‘Uh, okay.’ ”
You can listen to the complete interview below.
The show takes place Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.; visit sopacnow.org.