Fresh from being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, legendary singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash will perform songs from her Grammy Award-winning album, “The River and the Thread,” along with other favorites, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. 

“The River and the Thread” is an examination of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South. The album’s unique sound, which draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock, reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region.

Earlier this year, Cash received three Grammy Awards. “The River and the Thread” was named Best Americana Album and a song featured on the album, “Feather’s Not a Bird,” which she co-wrote with her longtime collaborator and husband John Leventhal, won for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.

Cash wrote the album’s 11 original songs with Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger, and guitarist. The album captures a unique, multi-generational cast of characters — from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Alabama couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South, “The River and the Thread” is a contemporary collection of music.

Cash’s last two albums, “Black Cadillac” (2006) and “The List” (2009), were both nominated for Grammy Awards. “The List” — an exploration of essential songs selected and given to Cash by her father, Johnny Cash — was also named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

Cash has recorded 15 albums and charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to number one spots. She has also published four books, and her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine, among others.


Tickets are $30-65 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.



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