The List (album)

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The List
Studio album by Rosanne Cash
Released October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)
Genre Country, Americana
Length 40:11
Label Manhattan
Producer John Leventhal
Rosanne Cash chronology
Black Cadillac
(2006)
The List
(2009)
The River & the Thread
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Paste 9/10 stars[2]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[3]

The List is an album by Rosanne Cash, released in 2009. When she was 18, Johnny Cash gave his daughter Rosanne a list of 100 essential country songs in an effort to expand her knowledge of country music. On the album, Rosanne re-interprets 12 of the songs from the list through her own perspective on country music, her father, and her life in New York instead of Nashville.[4] It also includes guest performances by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright.

The album contains country songs made famous by Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Don Gibson, Ray Price, Lefty Frizzell, Patsy Cline, and other country stars, as well the traditional folk song "Motherless Children" and 1960s folk numbers by Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

The List peaked at #5 on Billboard's country album chart — Cash's first top ten album on the chart in 22 years — and hit #22 on the general Billboard Hot 200, topping her previously most successful album on that chart, 1981's Seven Year Ache which peaked at #26. It was also her first entry on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, where it debuted and peaked at #8. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Miss the Mississippi and You"   William Heagney 3:12
2. "Motherless Children"   Public Domain, arr. by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal 3:06
3. "Sea of Heartbreak" (featuring Bruce Springsteen) Hal David, Paul Hampton 3:06
4. "Take These Chains from My Heart"   Hy Heath, Fred Rose 3:32
5. "I'm Movin' On"   Hank Snow 3:45
6. "Heartaches by the Number" (featuring Elvis Costello) Harlan Howard 3:21
7. "500 Miles"   Hedy West 3:04
8. "Long Black Veil" (featuring Jeff Tweedy) Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin 3:10
9. "She's Got You"   Hank Cochran 3:07
10. "Girl from the North Country"   Bob Dylan 3:32
11. "Silver Wings" (featuring Rufus Wainwright) Merle Haggard 3:45
12. "Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow"   A. P. Carter 3:33

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • John Leventhal – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Rick DePofi – co-producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Deborah Feingold – photography
  • Perry Greenfield – product manager
  • Jill Dell'Abate – production coordination

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
German Albums Chart 88
Norwegian Albums Chart 39
Swedish Albums Chart 19
U.S. Billboard 200 22
U.S. Billboard Folk Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 8

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
2010
US Billboard Top Country Albums 49[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "The List Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Albertson, Cory. "Rosanne Cash: The List". Paste. Paste Media Group. Retrieved October 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Rosanne Cash: The List". Slant Magazine. Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rosanne Cash Readies 'The List'". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31.