Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal

Cash and Leventhal perform two new songs, "The Sunken Lands" and "Modern Blue," plus the classic, "Blue Moon with Heartache."

Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal recently appeared at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley for a special AG Session and concert featuring music from her acclaimed 2014 album The River and the Thread, which won three Grammy awards last year.


Watch above as Cash and Leventhal — her longtime collaborator, husband, producer, and guitarist — perform two new songs, “The Sunken Lands” and “Modern Blue,” plus the classic, “Blue Moon with Heartache,” which Cash wrote 35 years ago. Cash says she only recently re-retained the copyright for “Blue Moon with Heartache,” adding with a laugh, “A lesson to young songwriters: Don’t give away your copyrights.”

Cash also explains that the hero of “The Sunken Lands” is her grandmother: “She raised seven children. She picked cotton. My grandfather was not the kindest man in the world; she didn’t complain. … I went back a few years ago and was really struck by how hard her life was, and you know, you start thinking, I’m a modern woman. I live in New York City. I have every amenity. I couldn’t have lived that life, but is there something of her that survives in me? Some bit of her tenacity?”

Whitney Phaneuf
Whitney Phaneuf

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