Rosanne Cash Readies 'The List'

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."