Rosanne Cash is dipping back into her childhood for her next album, "The List," and taking her father Johnny's lessons to heart.
"'The List' is based on a list my father made for me when I was 18 years old," Cash tells Billboard. "He called it the '100 Essential Country Songs' and said if I learned this list, I would be truly educated. We are culling about 15 songs from the list, and re-interpreting them, with the respect of an archivist, the love of a daughter, and my own sensibility as a New Yorker for the last two decades."
Cash said "Long Black Veil" was among the songs on the album, her follow-up to 2006's "Black Cadillac," but would not name any others. She said the album was about three-quarters finished and there will also be "a couple of guest artists" on "The List."
"It's basically me getting a chance to be an interpreter instead of a songwriter for a change, which is really liberating, really fun," she said.
But while the recording of "The List" has "been a smooth process," she's taking a brief break while New York Noise, her long-time studio home owned by producers Craig Bishop and Rick DePofi, moves from its beloved Meatpacking District spot to a new space uptown.
"That studio on Gansevoort Street was a really special place, and saw a lot of great moments," she says. "Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, [husband/producer] John [Leventhal] and I wrote and recorded a song in one day there. I sang 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E' for the Tammy Wynette tribute record there, among many, many other songs. I am really happy we got the bulk of the record recorded there. But New York Noise will continue - uptown a little, but hopefully with the same magic and ease."