Music legend Rosanne Cash to perform at Mercyhurst Nov. 14

Monday October 28, 2019

rosanneFour-time Grammy Award-winning country music legend Rosanne Cash comes to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 14. Backed by a five-piece band, Cash will captivate Erie audiences with heartfelt interpretations of songs from her vast catalog of Americana.

One of the country’s preeminent singer/songwriters, Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned 4 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles.

Her latest album, She Remembers Everything, is a poetic, lush, and soulful collection of songs that marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her Southern roots and family heritage. In the wake of the latest tsunami of survivor stories, Cash has embraced women’s narratives in this powerful material. 

"There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs," Cash says. "I could not have written them 10 years ago—not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say." 

Cash has also authored four books, including the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford- American, The Nation, and many more print and online publications. A new book, Bird on A Blade, blends the images of acclaimed artist Dan Rizzie with strands of lyrics from a variety of Cash's songs.

She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. Additionally, Cash served as a Perspective Series artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2015-16 season and curated a series of American roots music, including her own performance. She continues her association with Carnegie Hall as a Creative Partner for the 2019-2020 season.

In 2015, Cash was the Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame that same year. 

After spending the 2017-18 seasons as the Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ, a music venue in San Francisco, Cash was awarded the Spirit of Americana: Free Speech Award by the Americana Music Association in 2018. She also received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music last year.

Cash is currently writing the lyrics for a musical, Norma Rae, with John Leventhal, composer, and John Weidman, book writer.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $31 for seniors, and $26 for students and youth 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at miac.mercyhurst.edu or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

This performance is sponsored by Christian Brothers Services, WQLN, and 93.9 the Wolf. The 2019-20 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher, Aetna, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, and Cumulus Media.