Rosanne looked to her history and ancestry for inspiration, putting together a concept album of 11 original tracks meant to build on one another to tell a story of her southern ancestry – her Arkansas-raised father, Johnny Cash, her Texas-raised mother, Vivian Liberto, and her Virginia-raised stepmother, June Carter. Out of this exploration came a series of songs that each depicted a particular person or town but that together formed an astonishing portrait of the region as a whole.
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