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Rosanne Cash Plots ‘King’s Record Shop’ 30th Anniversary Release

Legacy Recordings to issue 180 gram vinyl and digital editions of influential 1987 album featuring “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” penned by Johnny Cash

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Rosanne Cash will release a 30th anniversary edition of her landmark LP 'King's Record Shop' this summer.

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The 30th anniversary of Rosanne Cash’s King’s Record Shop, one of the most influential country albums of the Eighties, will be celebrated with the release of a special 180 gram 12″ vinyl edition on July 7th.

Originally released June 26th, 1987, King’s Record Shop was a high-water mark in Cash’s already stellar career as a mainstream country artist. Her fourth Top 10 LP in a row, the album followed her Grammy-winning and boundary-pushing Rhythm & Romance. Among the instant classics on the record were the John Hiatt-penned “The Way We Make a Broken Heart” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” a song written by her father, Johnny Cash, and cut at the suggestion of her then-husband and producer, Rodney Crowell. Cash was unaware of the song’s authorship at the time she recorded it and assumed that the song, an early 1962 hit for her dad, was in the public domain.

“Runaway Train,” written by folk legend John Stewart and Cash’s own “If You Change Your Mind,” written with steel guitar player Hank DeVito, both reached Number One on the country chart, as did “The Way We Make a Broken Heart” and “Flat Top Box.” That impressive streak was bested the following year when Crowell’s Diamonds & Dirt album notched five chart-topping singles. King’s Record Shop featured musical contributions from Crowell, Vince Gill, Randy Scruggs, Steve Winwood, Patty Smyth and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench.

An early example of the burgeoning Americana genre, blending traditional country with rock & roll while delivering literate and incisive material, King’s Record Shop was also distinguished by its striking album cover photo. Taken by DeVito in front of the Louisville, Kentucky, record store owned by Gene King, younger brother of country songwriting legend Pee Wee King (“Tennessee Waltz”), the cover was the result of two photos taken separately, with Cash’s image superimposed on the location shot. The result was a 1988 Grammy win for Best Recording Package, awarded to album designer Bill Johnson. Cash also received a nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

King’s Record Shop was a watershed record for me, and, if I may say so, an important moment for women in country music at that time,” says Cash. “It was the first time a woman country artist had ever had four Number One singles from one album. I was tremendously proud, and deeply honored to work with the musicians who played on the album. Rodney Crowell was the guiding force, and he says he feels ‘blessed to have been a member of the team.’ I feel the same way: we were a team, and the work we created was captured in a shining moment that still gives pleasure these 30 years later.”

Cash would follow the album with the 1990 release of the darker, more introspective (and self-produced) Interiors, which signaled the beginning of the end of the singer-songwriter’s mainstream, country radio-fueled success but proved hugely influential in its own right. Cash was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

The reissued album will also be released digitally on July 7th.

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