Rosanne Cash, Seven Year Ache (1981)
I’ve long been a fan of Rosanne Cash – but I really only know her earliest work via a couple of compilation CDs and some live versions, I’ve enjoyed her output across the last two decades, keeping up with that in real time but the late 70s and early 80s is still a world of music for me to discover. So I was pleased to find this – her third album – just recently. Worth it for the line-up of musicians, regardless of Cash’s voice and songs and contributions. Her then husband was Rodney Crowell so he’s on board as the record’s producer. You have big name backing vocalists (Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs) the great Booker T. Jones is on organ, Albert Lee on guitar and on loan from Willie Nelson is Mickey Raphael on harmonica. Well, there’s more names than just those too – but also this is a great set of tunes, short, spiky, post-punk/ish but still utterly and totally country music. A wee gem of an album.
Sample Track: Rainin’
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