The Rubin Acoustic Cash XII
Rosanne Cash returns to the Rubin for a twelfth time in her individual series Acoustic Cash, this time with virtuoso violinist and composer Mark O’Connor.
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Rosanne Cash made her Rubin Museum of Art debut on October 5, 2004, four days after the museum opened. In the course of her first six concerts at the museum, Cash debuted songs that were to make up her much-lauded 2006 album Black Cadillac. Her guests have included Elvis Costello, Joe Henry, Loudon Wainwright, Marc Cohn and, most recently, Sandra Bernhard. All her performances have been accompanied by Rosanne's husband, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and arranger John Leventhal.
Sony Legacy released The Essential Rosanne Cash last year. Her other albums include Seven Year Ache, Somewhere in the Stars, and 10 Song Demo. Cash received a Grammy award for I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me and was named Billboard's Top Singles Artist in 1988. In 2003, Cash released the landmark album Rules of Travel, which featured duets with Steve Earle and Sheryl Crow and the song 'September When It Comes', the last one she would record with her father Johnny Cash. It was followed by Black Cadillac in 2006. Cash's album The List was released in 2010. It became a hit, and the the track "Sea of Heartbreak" performed with Bruce Springsteen was nominated for a Grammy Award that year. She is the author of Bodies of Water, a short-story collection, and a memoir Composed was published in August 2010. Her prose and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford-American, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Martha Stewart Living and various other publications.
A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, Stephane Grappelli, is considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin. Now, at age 51, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As the Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal." This is Mark's third appearance at the Rubin.