The songs on "The River & The Thread" rock like a cradle, and the rhythm rings true while Rosanne Cash explores her roots.
The mesmerizing musical journey takes her to Arkansas, the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf Coast as Cash encounters the ghosts of Robert Johnson, Emmett Till, AM radio and her Civil War ancestors. There's also the repeated tug of Memphis, where Cash was born around the time her father cut his first record.
This Southern music stretches far beyond the confines of country — that's a violin on "Night School," not a fiddle. The 11 songs blend Tennessee flattop twang with gospel, the blues and even hints of jazz while building a bridge from Dust Bowl ballads to Dusty Springfield pop.