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The Music of Johnny Cash
San Francisco 2018 [no label, 2CD]

SFJazz at the Miner Auditorium, San Francisco, CA; May 4, 2018. Very good audience recording.

Sam Whiting,

Rosanne Cash brought her father’s songbook. Ry Cooder brought Luther Perkins’ cream-colored 1955 Fender guitar. They met in the middle of the stage at the SFJazz Center on Thursday night, May 3, to do something Cash vowed she would never do and may never do again after this weekend. They played an entire concert of songs recorded by Johnny Cash.

It was not a greatest-hits show. They did not do “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” or “A Boy Named Sue.” Rosanne Cash sang mostly the slow stuff - ballads and story songs - which she delivered with pure country phrasing that sometimes left an audience that included Linda Ronstadt in silent reverie at the end of a number. “When I was a child,” she told the audience before a beautiful rendition of “Pickin’ Time,” “there were certain songs of my dad’s that made it into my DNA.”

The better-known titles, “Hey Porter,” “Get Rhythm” and “Ring of Fire,” were sung by Cooder, whose voice did not always do much for the songs. But his guitar work was always right there, not too loud and never overdone, and able to mimic Johnny Cash’s trademark railroad beat. His timing was in sync with his son, Joachim, who supplied a soft touch on the drums.

When they took the stage, Cash told the audience that she had asked Cooder to accompany her, and his answer was “the only show to do is Johnny.” Her retort: “I spent nearly 40 years trying not to do that exact thing.” As time went on, she warmed to the idea as “an opportunity to organize things in my own psyche,” she said. “Ry without knowing it has given me that opportunity.” The musical director was Cash’s husband, John Leventhal, who also played acoustic rhythm.

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Thanks to taper Daspyknows; and to Simmdale for sharing it at The Traders’ Den.

Simmdale noted:

I was just going to archive this wonderful memento into my music collection but I thought that I might as well go ahead and make a listing for this fileset here at TTD. This excellent Daspyknows audience recording of Night 2 is the only recording yet to surface of this historic four-day run of SFJazz shows held at the Miner Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. Perhaps some of you here will know how special this show is, and maybe some will discover how special it is when you listen to it. Either or, I am very grateful that Daspyknows managed to secure another of his awesome captures for all of us to enjoy this now and into the future.

So, you get Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder in a very special collaboration to perform the music of the legendary Johnny Cash… I also want right now to offer much thanks to ethiessen1 once more for the great artwork that he provides for so many filesets.

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Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Schoeps MK4/NBox Platinum Tascam DR-2D 24 Bit 48K
Processed using Soundforge 11, resample, to 16bit 44.1K
TLH to convert to FLAC
Master 2018.50: FLAC download > WAV > Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0 (editing) > WAV > FLAC by Simmdale
Recorded 5th row just off center

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Disc 1
Track 101. show intro by Rosanne 2:38
Track 102. Understand Your Man 3:06
Track 103. Tennessee Flat Top Box 3:57
Track 104. Ry’s intro to Hey Porter 5:25
Track 105. Hey Porter 4:11
Track 106. Guess Things Happen That Way 4:20
Track 107. Pickin’ Time 4:33
Track 108. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town 7:37
Track 109. Hardin Wouldn’t Run 7:32
Track 110. Get Rhythm 4:00
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. I Walk The Line 6:53
Track 202. I Still Miss Someone 4:55
Track 203. Give My Love To Rose 6:54
Track 204. band intros/The Long Black Veil 6:30
Track 205. Big River 4:39
Track 206. encore applause 1:27
Track 207. Ring Of Fire 6:51
Track 208. I Am A Pilgrim 5:31
44 mins

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  1. 16 Responses to “ROSANNE CASH & RY COODER - SAN FRANCISCO 2018”

  2. what a great show and Ry’s voice is just fine, quality recording too

    By Kerry Reynolds on Jun 20, 2018

  3. Now we’re talking! The Master and the daughter of the King!
    Love everything Ry does and Roseanne is rapidly becoming a legend in her own right let alone the daughter of one.
    Check out Ry’s new album and the youtube clips are awesome!
    Thanks for this Big O
    Get Rhythm! :)

    By swappers on Jun 20, 2018

  4. They can’t sing and both are now long in the tooth ( OLD AS SHIT ) would love some Ry Cooder in his younger days though ‘ and some 60s 70s Johnny Cash .

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 20, 2018

  5. Cooder is 71 ‘ rosanne 63 pretty damn old to be singing

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 20, 2018

  6. She sounds more like Rosanne Barr !

    By tcm on Jun 20, 2018

  7. More ageism.

    By Jerry on Jun 20, 2018

  8. Fantastic show! Thank you Bigo! Ry and Roseann Wow!

    By Rich on Jun 20, 2018

  9. So, where’s Pia Zadora?

    By Yummy on Jun 20, 2018

  10. I tried so hard to get a ticket to this show but they sold out so fast. Thanks so much for providing this show to all of us who could not be there!

    By Lynne Preston on Jun 21, 2018

  11. Not sure what is wrong with some of you commenters. This was so good! I was there for all 4 nights! Yes, I fought long and hard the first day of sale to get tickets. Spent a lot to get there and it was worth every cent! Priceless, in fact! Get the wax out of your ears, or cobwebs out of your brain. LOL. Thanks so much for posting this!

    By TNPassiflora on Jun 21, 2018

  12. What a fantastic performance by all. I was surprised and pleased by the new arrangements. The sound is
    mighty good for an audience recording! I listened on
    headphones-not buds. I suspect I’m biased because I’ve had many years of enjoyment from Ry, Rosanne, and, of course John. This just helped bring back some great memories and moments. Thank you again for sharing this musically unique moment.

    By Arizona on Jun 22, 2018

  13. thanks so much for this
    btw Pat and tcm - maybe one day you will understand just how good music can actually be. But I doubt it

    By Dwight on Jun 23, 2018

  14. Congrats Rosanne Cash on her dad Johnny Cash getting a statue in the U.S. Capitol!

    By ScarRad on Apr 18, 2019

  15. Rumor has it who the fuc cares Scar

    By U L E on Apr 18, 2019

  16. Twernt me above another fake

    By U L E on Apr 18, 2019

  17. Well those of us who have been coming here for years for the music largely since you ask fake U L E.
    Thanks for that ScarRad interesting news ;)

    By swappers on Apr 18, 2019

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