Sunday, November 14, 2010
Rosanne Cash put on another stellar performance at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA last night! After recovering from recent brain surgery, Rosanne is again touring and promoting her recently penned memoir, Composed. With more than thirty years in the industry, Cash proves she is still relevant, performing mostly songs from her current release, The List, and Black Cadillac. Other songs came from Rules of Travel and The Wheel and a song she has not recorded, Tallahassee Bridge (my best guess at the song title). Cash avoids the "greatest hits" package many performers would fall into after such a long career, keeping her show fresh and packed with songs that have meaning in her life and career. In fact, she only performed two of her hits, Seven Year Ache and Tennessee Flat Top Box. This is the third time I have seen her perform live, and the show has never once been a repeat of the previous show, which some performers can easily fall into (see Bernadette Peters 2008 and 2009). During Radio Operator, a song about her father in the war, her face lit up the stage and her smile practically embraced the audience. Her voice was haunting during Girl from the North Country, heartbreaking as she sang Patsy Cline's She's Got You and just pure pleasure during one of my favorites, Sea of Heartbreak.
After the show Miss Cash greeted audience members and signed copies of her book, cd's, and other treasures fans brought, including a guitar. She graciously posed for photographs, shook hands and told me she loved my name!
The Uptown Theatre is a great venue, our 4th row center seats were amazing. The art deco theatre is charming and warm. The last two times I've seen Rosanne Cash haver been in Napa, first at the Opera House and now at the Uptown. I look forward to our next wine country get together.