Within the space of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her mother (Vivian Liberto), her father (Johnny Cash) and stepmother (June Carter), deaths she wrestled with on her two previous albums: 2009’s “The List” and 2006’s “Black Cadillac.”
She takes the longer view in “The River & the Thread,” her sterling new album informed by her nearly 10 years as an adult orphan in the world. In deeply personal and insightful songs, Cash assesses who she is and where she came from as well as what has been bequeathed to her by her parents and by geography on the road to figuring out what truly is her own.
She and her husband, guitarist-singer-producer John Leventhal, frame the songs in evocative instrumental settings that draw on the country, folk and gospel sounds of the Southern soil. It’s an album we’ll be looking at in December when it’s time to single out the most powerful works of 2014.