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Rosanne Cash Plots New Tour, Receives Performing Arts Award

The Americana chanteuse returns to the road and talks upcoming Smithsonian honor

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Rosanne Cash performs at the Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville.

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Rosanne Cash once wrote her own Rules of Travel with a 2003 album, and now the eldest daughter of Johnny Cash and legend in her own right will stay on the road, expanding the nationwide tour behind her most recent release The River & The Thread. Fresh off an appearance performing her stirring, slow-grooving “A Feather’s Not a Bird” in navy sparkles at the Americana Honors & Awards show last week, Cash will be performing well into 2015, playing Los Angeles’ Royce Hall on October 2nd and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 14th. For the Valentine’s Day show, it’s safe to say she’ll play the love letter “Etta’s Tune,” which premiered last year on the Hallmark holiday and is written as a posthumous tribute to her father’s bass player, Marshall Grant, and his wife.

Cash will also make a special appearance in October at Smithsonian magazine’s third annual American Ingenuity Awards. Presented her award by T Bone Burnett, she will be one of ten people honored and will receive the Performing Arts award. Last year’s honorees included the likes of St. Vincent, David Byrne, author Dave Eggers and artist Jeff Koons.

“I’m greatly honored to receive the prestigious Ingenuity award,” Cash tells Rolling Stone Country, “and the fact that it is being presented by my old friend T Bone Burnett is a tremendous thrill.”

Rolling Stone Country recently selected Cash’s The River & The Thread as one of The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear. The LP of original songs showcased stunning collaborations with the likes of Cory Chisel, ex-husband Rodney Crowell, Allison Moorer, John Paul White and more, and became her highest reaching release to date, topping the Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

“Rosanne Cash is a national treasure,” Chisel says. “Her ability to illuminate the human condition in song and story is breathtaking and she’s done it for years. She is a deeply compassionate, people’s poet.”

Despite all the accolades and time on the road, Cash told Rolling Stone in January that she still finds solace in the simple things, like running errands with husband and producer John Leventhal.

“I grew up in a chaotic world,” she said, “and things like going out with John to buy a refrigerator and knowing where the post office is, those things are really important to me. I know that some people think that to expand as an artist you have to get away from that. Those things make me feel safe.”

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