Johnny Cash’s New York-based daughter Rosanne takes a richly atmospheric and thoughtful trip back to the south on her new album.

The journey opens with twanging guitars and “voices in my head” in “A Feather’s Not a Bird”, then touches on themes of exile and belonging (“The Long Way Home”), cotton (in the Gillian Welch-like lament “The Sunken Lands”) and the Civil War, which is commemorated on the haunting, folk-influenced “When the Master Calls the Roll”.

Cash’s singing is spot on, as stately yet full of hidden depths as the titular river, elucidating each song’s story with nuance and grace.

Rosanne Cash

The River & The Thread

(Decca/Blue Note)

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