Roseanne Cash excited to play Virginia after release of 15th album

Roseanne Cash excited to play Virginia after release of 15th album

CHAMPAIGN — Just days after her new album came out, Rosanne Cash is pumped about playing tonight at the Virginia.

Her 15th studio release is "She Remembers Everything," and Cash does, whether it's sharing a stage with her father, writing several books or being a mother of five.

"She Remembers Everything" includes everything she loves in music: Celtic, jazz, Americana, country and pop, and the lyrics reflect a changing #MeToo world, and her own changing world.

The 63-year-old's career has included the 1981 breakthrough hit "Seven Year Ache" and 1990's introspective "Interiors." This new album is closer to the latter, she said.

Touring is "not as glamorous as it used to be," she said, "but I still feel as passionate about songwriting as I did when I was 18."

The subjects are often wide-ranging, and she's no slave to genres.

"I've never thought as much about styles as much as quality songwriting," Cash said. "The process — it's not predictable. If it was, it wouldn't be a creative act. My process is that I keep a lot of notes. I'll start out, and if it doesn't work, I'll file it away and come back, even years later. 'The Undiscovered Country' took several months, and it's one of my favorites."

It references both Shakespeare and Johnny Cash, and she muses about mortality.

"The ghosts have had their moment / Now they fade into the sun / Shining like a carousel / When summer's just begun."

She thanks her father for some of her qualities.

"My dad gave me a great work ethic. He had a really powerful work ethic. Also, he taught me how to respect his audience," she said. "He told me, 'People spend their discretionary income, so we should respect them and pay them back.' He taught me integrity and to always be kind."

The song, and the memories, had their hooks in her.

"I wrote five different melodies for it," she said.

In the end, it was her writing partner (and husband) John Leventhal — who also performs tonight — who took over the melody.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning musician and producer co-wrote "Sunny Came Home," the huge 1997 hit for Shawn Colvin, and seems to bring out the best in artists.

"I think I'm a more natural lyric writer," Cash said. "I like writing with John a lot; he hears chord progressions I don't hear."

She loves the new album, but needs time as she gets older to refresh between albums.

"To get it out there requires a lot of energy; sometimes, it was like having a baby," she said.

In books and articles, Cash writes with equal power.

And there's the humor: On her recovery from a brain defect, she wrote a magazine article called "Well, Actually, It Is Brain Surgery."

And her own mortality?

"What keeps me young? I forget I'm growing old," she said.

If you go

What: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Where: Virginia Theatre

When: 7:30 tonight

Tickets: $39.50 to $69.50

Info: 217-356-9063,

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