Release Date: Nov 2, 2018
Record label: Blue Note
As Rosanne Cash released She Remembers Everything in November 2018, she was 63 years old, and while she sounds fresh and vital on every track, the music clearly speaks of experience and maturity, if not specifically age. She Remembers Everything is the work of a musician and songwriter who knows her craft inside and out, and her lyrical voice is full of compassion and lacking in fear or hesitancy. Cash is willing to share what lurks in her mind and her heart, and she has the tools to articulate her ideas with literacy and passion in equal measure.
Country music has a long memory. Decades after Hank Williams' death, he remains shorthand for the music's spirit, still cited in songs that have no resemblance to his honky- tonk fare. Williams isn't the only figure whose myth casts a shadow over country. Johnny Cash pops up as a rebellious totem for mainstream country singers and remains a clear touchstone for alt-country troubadours such as Colter Wall.
Rosanne Cash lives in a world of details where each word counts. On "She Remembers Everything" (Blue Note), she chisels out small stories, little vignettes of a life that can see the final turn ahead. After ruling the '80s country charts with a whip-smart blend of tradition and pop songcraft tinged with heartache, Cash veered into more introspective art songs with "Interiors" in 1990, even though her days as a commercial juggernaut came to an end.