in the world of country music, you don’t tote around any better credentials than Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, a major singer-songwriter in her own name.
But giving her a good run for her money is her hubby, John Leventhal, a Grammy Award-winning musician, producer and songwriter who has produced albums for Cash, Marc Cohn, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Loudon Wainwright...and also worked with the likes of Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, David Crosby, Levon Helm, Paul Simon and Johnny Cash.
So it’s a real coup to have them appear as a duo in Sheffield in a few weeks’ time.
Rosanne is often classified as a country artist, but her music draws on folk, pop, rock and blues.
She’s had a string of chart-topping singles, which landed on both C&W and Top 100 charts
Since 1991 she has released five albums, written two books and edited a collection of short stories.
She won a Grammy in 1985 for I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me and has received nine other Grammy nominations. She’s had 11 country hit singles and two gold records.
She and Leventhal married in 1995 bringing together two of the most creative artists on the music scene, though her career was put on hold in 1998 when a polyp was discovered on her vocal cords and she was unable to sing for two and a half years.
During that time she focused on her writing, producing children’s book Penelope Jane and went on to edit a collection of short fiction by songwriters, Songs Without Rhyme: Prose by Celebrated Songwriters.
Once her musical career had resumed she released Rules of Travel, with guest appearances by Sheryl Crow and Steve Earle.
CASH and Leventhal are at the Memorial Hall, Sheffield, on Wednesday, March 28.
FRESH from their triumph at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, where they won prize for won best duo, accordion and guitar virtuoso Tim Edey (who was also named musician of the year) with harmonica star Brendan Power are in South Yorkshire tomorrow. They will be at the Rock@Maltby, the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road. Next Friday’s guests are Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne.
Support for them comes from Edinburgh-based Dean Owens whose fourth album New York Hummingbird which showcases his songwriting craft to great effect.
SOME of the best known names on the folk circuit take part in the annual Peter Burnett Birthday Bash in support of St Luke’s Hospice on Saturday, at Coal Aston Village Hall. It features Judy Dunlop and Jon Scaife, Ray Hearne and Ciaran Boyle, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney and Sheffield Folk Chorale. There will be support from Spoil the Dance and Pete Garratt and Ken Atkinson. Tickets on 0114 2352344 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHARD Kitson will be appearing at Crookes Folk Club at the Princess Royal, Slinn Street, tonight. Next Thursday’s guests are the Keltones.
STELLAR musicians Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting team up for an appearance at the Greystones, Sheffield, next Wednesday.
SAM Sweeney and Hannah James appear at the Live@215 in Sharrow Vale Road tomorrow.
CONCERTINA expert Steve Turner is guest at Wortley Folk Club, the Venue, Stocksbridge on Saturday.