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.
“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.
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“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.