Band Concert Review
Rosanne Cash at South by Southwest
Stubbs Barbeque - Austin, Texas - March 18, 2006
By Dan Locke
The history of popular music is littered with the careers of the children of famous artists, with the likes of David Cassidy, Susan Cowstills, Nora Jones and Jason Bonham have come and gone from the world of music. But one artist who has carved a small measure of success based on just her talent and not her name is Rosanne Cash. Born May 24, 1955, she is the product of not Judy and Johnny Cash, but Johnny and his frist wife Vivian Liberto. And she was raised by her mother in Southern California away from the life influence of her famous dad, until joining him him on his road show after graduation from high school for a short period of three years. But still being unsure what she wanted to do she took acting classes, and worked as a secretary in London.
In 1979 she created her first album entitled "Right or Wrong" and from there she has grown to have more then 11 titles with the lastest being "Black Cadillac" I really didn't have the chance to check out the CD before South by Southwest (SXSW). But once I got to SXSW I started to hear buzz about this CD. So I desided to check her out first at Town Lake Stage at The Auditorium Shores and then again at Stubbs.
Her performance was great. I could see that she wasn't riding on her father coattails. The only thing about her dad was on her guitar strap was a piece of paper with the words "Cash" on it. She was a true artist. The show at Town Lake Stage really didn't glow. The show there was gear to a country crowd. But for her Stubbs show, she was a surprise guest. And she was playing to a more rock crowd. They just fell in love with her. The way knows how to make the crowd happy. The best part of the show was she did a dual with Lyle Lovett, which was really a surprise because they are both working a tribute concert to her dad in New York.