The story behind Rosanne Cash's first album on Blue Note, "The River & the Thread," due Jan. 14, begins in the summer of 2011, after she started traveling to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to participate in the first of several concerts to raise money for the preservation of the home that her legendary father, Johnny, lived in as a child in Dyess. During that initial trip, Johnny Cash's first bassist and eventual road manager, Marshall Grant, died. His widow, Etta, told Rosanne they began each morning by asking each other, "What's the temperature, darling?"

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