Rosanne Cash awarded the Smithsonian 2014 “American Ingenuity Award” in Performing Arts

CASH_Smithsonian NewsRosanne Cash was awarded the 2014 “American Ingenuity Award” by The Smithsonian for her innovative album “The River and the Thread”.

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.

To read the full Smithsonian feature, accompanying the award click here

To learn more about Rosanne Cash, visit her artist page here

Photo Credit: Phil Toledano for The Smithsonian Magazine