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      Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder - Cash & Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash in Chicago

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      June 18, 2019

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      Chicago, Illinois, United States
      Chicago, Illinois

      Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder - Cash & Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash

      After fans and critics raved about their three individual knock-out and sold-out performances on the Old Town School stage last year, we are proud to welcome two American music luminaries—consummate singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash and iconic guitarist, groundbreaking visionary artist and producer Ry Cooder to the historic Chicago Theatre on June 18th. Performing their extraordinary collaboration, CASH AND COODER ON CASH: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, a sublime tribute to Johnny Cash featuring heartfelt, personal interpretations of gems from his treasure-filled songbook.

      This Chicago performance is part of a limited run of one-night performances in landmark venues will take place in five U.S. cities this year. Making up the exceptional band playing alongside Cash and Cooder will be esteemed guitarist and music director John Leventhal, pianist Glenn Patscha, bassist Mark Fain, and drummer Joachim Cooder.

      The seed was planted for these two incomparable artists to partner when SFJAZZ selected Cash as a Resident Artistic Director for their 2017 & 2018 seasons. "When I was planning my residency in San Francisco, I couldn't stop thinking about Ry," she says. "He and I had only performed together a few times over the years, just a song or two and it always left me wanting more. We stayed connected by e-mail, sending old songs to each other and talking about music and politics. Knowing his general reticence to perform just for the sake of getting on stage and his impeccably high standards, I held back. I was nervous. Finally, I got up my courage and asked him if he wanted to make up a show – anything at all – and I offered a few ideas. He brushed off my initial thoughts, and said, 'What springs to mind is a show of your dad's songs. What else can I say?' When Ry suggested it, oddly, I didn't even hesitate. I said 'Okay, let's do Johnny.' I told him that he was the only person on the planet I would do a show of Johnny Cash songs with. When I said that, I felt quite overcome with feeling. I knew I had waited for the right person, the right reason and the right place."

      Cooder recalls, "I was in the 4th grade and things were not looking up. Then one day they played 'Hey Porter' on the aircraft worker's radio station. In those days you heard Bob Wills and Webb Pierce, which was good, but Johnny was something different. It was like a hand reached out from my little Sears radio and grabbed me by the shirt and said, 'you're coming with me now.' That was 63 years ago. So when Rosanne said, 'Okay, let's do Johnny,' I said, 'I think I'm ready.'"

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