And while her pedigree is impressive – she’s the eldest child of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto – it’s clear that Ms. Cash did not ride in on her family’s laurels. At 18 she joined the Johnny Cash Show, absorbing his influence along with that of his legendary touring show partners, Carl Perkins and the Carter Family. Later, Ms. Cash studied Drama at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles before focusing on her music.
In the 30 years since, she has released 12 albums including Right or Wrong, Seven Year Ache, Somewhere in the Stars, Rhythm and Romance, King’s Record Shop, Interiors, The Wheel, Ten Song Demo, Rules of Travel, Black Cadillac and, most recently, The List. She has also recorded 11 Number One singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. In 1985 she won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, for her hit “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” and has received nine other nominations.
Her highly personal yet universally appealing writing style is also manifest in her parallel prose career. Rosanne published a collection of short stories, Bodies of Water, in 1995, and a children’s book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale, in 2000. Composed, her long-awaited memoir, was published in 2010. Additionally, her essays and fiction have appeared in various collections and publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Oxford American and New York Magazine.
The Red Hook Education Foundation (RHEF) is an independent, non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting Red Hook public schools. Working with private donors, local businesses, private foundations and corporations, RHEF provides additional funding for equipment, programs and projects in Red Hook public schools. Members of the Foundation are currently researching and writing grant applications seeking funding for new equipment for high school science labs, as well as for the Garden Classroom at the elementary school. RHEF also supports a debate program, is building an endowment for the Martha Strever Scholarship for Achievement in Mathematics (awarded to a graduating Red Hook senior) and recently helped to launch a Careers and Colleges Fair.
The evening includes a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $125, and are available for purchase at www.redhookeducationfoundation.org. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Red Hook Education Foundation. For more information about “An Evening with Rosanne Cash,” send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.