Happy New Year!
I slept so much over the holidays. It was divine. I think I was paying off a sleep debt that went back to October, 2009.
But the engine is starting up again, and concerts are on the books. Mr. L and I head over to Scotland at the end of January for a Bob Dylan tribute concert on the 24th, and our own show on the 25th. Check out those dates here: http://rosannecash.com/index.php/appearances
I’m also still out there talking about my book, Composed, which was chosen one of the best books of the year by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly! I have achieved legitimacy, I think. Perhaps. In any case, I will be in Birmingham, Albany, and DC at three different book events. REALLY looking forward to all.
I will begin recording again this winter—my own project in February, and a trio project with Joe Henry and Billy Bragg in March. Joe will be producing the trio project and we are very excited. We have been wanting to record together for years now, and this is our first opportunity. We plan on it being a true collaborative effort, with co-penned songs, sharing vocals. Anti Records will be releasing that. Not sure when, exactly.
The other exciting news is that Sony will be releasing an Essential boxed set—an overview of all my records, both on Columbia and EMI, from 1978 to the present. I am thrilled about this. I have been talking over the exact track listing for the last month with Gregg Geller, the consultant to the project, and I’ve listened to some recordings of mine that I haven’t heard in literally decades. It’s been quite a trip through my own memory. Life is long. Music is forever.
I am beginning to write songs again, which feels great. I was touring so much last year, and finishing my book in the early part of the year, and there didn’t seem to be any time for songwriting. It’s a relief to go back to the the thing I know best. I just finished writing a song with Rhett Miller, and am working on a couple others—with Cory Chisel, and with my daughter Chelsea Crowell. I am finding co-writing to be really inspirational.
I hope you all have an exciting, productive and joyous new year. It certainly appears to be off to an interesting start.
Love from Mrs. L
aka Rosanne Cash