WTF Podcast

Episode 511 - Rosanne Cash

In the world of country music, the last name Cash holds a lot of weight. Rosanne Cash tells Marc how she paved her way in the music industry, how she bounced back after hitting the wall, and how she learned to cope with the long shadow cast by The Man In Black. This episode is sponsored by LIFX and CheapOAir.


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Eric Baker July 03, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Rose was great and you asked great questions!
Eric Baker

Michae P. Gowdy July 03, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Her voice often sounded like Carrie Fisher’s voice. SPEAKING OF, I know that Carrie is acting in another Star Wars film right now, but when she is finished with it and making the promotional rounds for it you should snag her. She is your soul sister.
Well, you’re saner, but you know…

CAA July 03, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the great interview. “Interiors” was my introduction to Ms. Cash many years ago. Even now I can call back that delicious melancholy when she sings “what are you thinking tonight….I don’t know you….” with Rodney.

jane July 03, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Overall a good conversation, but wow, the question about losing a parent was DEEPLY personal. I got the feeling that the question escaped your mouth before you really thought it through. The elegance and grace with which she answered just reaffirmed why I like Rosanne Cash so much. She doesn’t avoid the hard stuff and it really comes through in her music.

SeanG July 03, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Holy shit!

Bear July 04, 2014 at 12:29 am

I forgot I saw her at SF jazz!!!  I have to say the audience was sooooooooo lame.  Nobody was moving and grooving I think SF audiences of that vein are so into giving respect that they don’t allow the music to take them over and move them physically and emotionally.  I was dancing my ass off though, great show.  And, she did a smoking rendition Ernest Tubbs I’m Movin’ on from The List a great record.  And a GREAT interview.  I;m glad you didn’t go the Johnny Cash stories angel. Carlene would be better for that angle.  And that being broke ain’t no joke and with the way the music business is it could be happening to any musician.

Stuart July 04, 2014 at 2:40 am

Rosanne Cash was a good try, but she’s just too well adjusted to make for a great interview. You need to interview more broken people. You’re trying to get interesting people though, and I appreciate that. As long as you try for interesting guests, and don’t turn into Chris Hardwick (who interviews anyone), you’ll always have the better Podcast. Thanks man.

John July 04, 2014 at 3:24 am

Maron has been interviewing pretty much anyone for a long time now.

Wendy July 04, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I wish you had done more research. If you had read her memoir and listened to more of her records, think of what a conversation you could have had.

Andee July 05, 2014 at 10:09 am

I think this is such a rich, rich interview. I appreciate the references and perspective that you and Roseanne bring to the discussion on the South and its music. That in just a few minutes you convey what a fascinating place the South is. I love that Rosanne seems to be enjoying herself and getting something from the interview, too. I love that the interview feels like a casual conversation and that Rosanne’s song writing skills come through - she speaks so lyrically. I haven’t even finished the interview yet because I wanted to stop and say this. Thanks so very much!

VeloDeb July 06, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Loved this episode, Marc…for your hilarious (I was on a run and had to stop because I was laughing so hard) airport aggravation story, and your soulful self reflection and lesson-taking (don’t handle things with anger, word!), and Rosanne was a revelation. What a sweet interview, and her comments about her dad’s death (on a different run) stopped me with weeping. Your show has been a great go-to mood booster for me during some rough times. Keep it up!

melissa July 07, 2014 at 6:43 pm

This was such a beautiful interview.  I choked up right along with you when she described watching her husband play music, and when you talked about “Long Black Veil”, and when you both were talking about being artists and how you can’t just fucking quit, because it’s like quitting yourself.  That hit me right in the heart.  Thanks to both of you for that.

Robert July 07, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I hope by now you have purchased and listened to “The List”—it really is quite good.  I enjoyed the interview; I did somewhat cringe when you asked what it was like to be in the room when her father died, but as Jane mentioned earlier, Rosanne handled it beautifully.  In terms of musician interviews, this ranks up there for me with the John Fogerty and Dave Alvin interviews, but then, I am fans of all these people.  It really is all about me.

Sorta Totally July 09, 2014 at 10:33 am

Roseanne said a few things that were arrows through me.
Loved it. There’s that Americana-insightful-observational thang that you can’t tell if it’s experience-based, genetic, intelligence whatever. Everything and all of the above I guess. The genre may be out of my purview but I’ll be checking out the new long player.

LoveTheThread July 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

There is something about Rosanne Cash that gives me hope. Hope that I’m not alone in the world. I feel an infinity toward her, like her life and wisdom give me reason to carry on. I think it’s our relationship with our fathers. Finding yourself in middle age is like climbing a mountain. You hit your 40’s and 50’s and you’re getting high enough on the incline to see the view - surrounded by the now - and looking back on where you’ve been, who your people are, where your ancestors are from. Rosanne embodies that. Listen to ‘God is in the Roses’ off her Black Cadillac album. I can’t listen to that without bawling - she hits the chord of the nerve so fierce. Such beauty. Her mention of how she find the essence of her husband when he sing just crushed me. Her view of the world is so rich. Terrific interview, Marc. You helped bring this out in your talk.  I’m listening to it for a second time now.