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Rosanne Cash
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Manhattan Records
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1. Miss The Mississippi And You

(Written by William Heagney) Published by Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc., administered by Peer-Southern Organization (ASCAP)
John Leventhal: Guitars, Organ
Tim Luntzel: Upright Bass
Joe Bonadio: Drums

2. Motherless Children
(Public Domain) Published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP) and Chelcait Music, administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Arranged and Adapted by John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash
John Leventhal: Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Organ
Shawn Pelton: Drums
Larry Campbell: Fiddle

3. Sea of Heartbreak (featuring Bruce Springsteen)
(Written by Hal David and Paul Hampton) Published by Cass David (ASCAP) and Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Bass, Organ, Percussion
John Bonadio: Drums
Bruce Springsteen: Vocals

4. Take These Chains From My Heart
(Written by Hy Heath and Fred Rose) Published by Sony/ATV Milene Music (ASCAP)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Bass, Wurlitzer Piano
Joe Bonadio: Drums
Jenny Scheinman: Fiddle
Curtis King, Kenny Williams and James D-Train Williams: Background Vocals

5. I'm Movin' On
(Written by Hank Snow) Published by Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Bass, Drums
Rick DePofi: Horns
Joh Bonadio: Additional Drums

6. Heartaches By The Number (featuring Elvis Costello)
(Written by Harlan Howard) Published by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Mandolin, Organ
Joe Bonadio: Drums
Elvis Costello: Vocals

7. 500 Miles
(Written by Hedy West) Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
John Leventhal: All Instruments
Chelsea Crowell: Harmony Vocal

8. Long Black Veil (featuring Jeff Tweedy)
(Written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin) Published by Univesal Cedarwood Publishing (BMI)
John Leventhal: All Instruments Except
Rick DePofi: Bass Clarinet
Jeff Tweedy: Vocal

9. She's Got You
(Written by Hank Cochran) Published by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Wurlitzer Piano, Organ
Shawn Pelton: Drums
Zev Katz: Upright Bass
Curtis King, Kenny Williams and James D-Train Williams: Background Vocals

10. Girl From The North Country
(Written by Bob Dylan) Published by Special Rider Music (SESAC)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Organ, Mandolin, Harmonica
Zev Katz: Upright Bass
Shawn Pelton: Drums
Rick DePofi: Piano

11. Silver Wings (featuring Rufus Wainwright)
(Written by Merle Haggard) Published by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Wurlitzer Piano, Organ, Tic-Tac Bass
Zev Katz: Upright Bass
Shawn Pelton: Drums
Rufus Wainwright: Vocal
The Mels: Strings

12. Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow
(Written by A.P. Carter) Published by APRS, administered by Peer Music (BMI)
John Leventhal: Guitar, Harmonium

Produced and Arranged by John Leventhal
Co-Produced by Rick DePofi

Executive Producer: Danny Kahn


There was always music in my house - my dad's music, the music my parents loved, the music of the fellow musicians and songwriters my dad brought home at the end of tours, and then the music I found on my own, when I became old enough to search out different radio stations and buy my own records. The day after I graduated from high school in Ventura, California, I went on the road with my dad. We were riding on the tour bus one day in that summer of 1973, and we started talking about songs. My dad mentioned a song, and I said 'I don't know that one'. He mentioned another, and then another. I didn't know any of them. He became alarmed that I was so steeped in the rock and pop music of my time that I did not understand the vital importance of the songs that were my music genealogy, the songs that had informed him, and would eventually inform me.

He spent the afternoon making a list of songs for me. I can still see him, pensive, with his pencil raised above his legal pad, considering which songs would make the List. It was a list to educate me, to tell me about my Southern roots and my American history, about my legacy. He called the List "100 Essential Country Songs" but he could have called it "100 Essential American Songs," because he included history songs, protest songs, early folk songs, Delta Blues, gospel, Texas swing, and standards that simply defy genre. I have held onto this List for 35 years.

This was the perfect collaborative project for my husband John and me. He loves these songs as I do, and he was aware of the need to choose and reinterpret them carefully, to reflect my Southern birth, my upbringing in Southern California, a decade of living in Tennessee, and my life as a longtime New Yorker, as well as my own instincts as a songwriter and singer. This record is truly about history, respect, family, love and legacy. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, I have arrived where I started, and I have known it for the first time.


Recorded and Mixed by John Leventhal and Rick DePofi at New York Noise and 12th Street Studio, NYC

Bruce Springsteen was recorded by Toby Scott at Stone Hill Studio, NJ.
Jeff Tweedy was recorded by Mark Greenberg and Jason Tobias at the Loft, Chicago.
Rufus Wainwright was recorded by Pascal Shefteshy at Wildsky Studios, Montreal.

Thanks to Kev Killen for mix support

Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
Production Coordinator: Jill Dell'Abate
Executive Producer: Danny Kahn

Thank you to all the songwriters, past and present, who wrote these essential American songs. Thank you to my very special guests: Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright, for giving of your time and tremendous talent. Thank you to my manager Danny Kahn. Thank you to Stephen Doyle and to Lauren McIntosh.

Thank you to the dedicated staff at Manhattan Records and the whole Blue Note Group, especially to two of the remaining old school great gentlemen of the music business, Ian Falfini and Bruce Lundvall. Thank you to all the musicians on the record: Larry, Shawn, Joe, Zev, Jenny, Tim, and my daughter Chelsea, who brought an added poignancy to '500 Miles' --- xxoo. Thank you to Rick DePofi for all the time talent and detail work. Thank you to John, who put 30 years worth of love, soul, and musical knowledge into helping me choose the songs from The List, arranging them, and playing damn near everything. I am so grateful.

Thank you most of all to my dad, who took the time on a hot summer day on a tour bus rolling through the South, to make a List of 100 Essential Country Songs for his curious 18-year-old daughter. I may not have properly thanked you at the time, but I'm beginning to do that now. For my children, Hannah, Caitlin, Chelsea, Carrie and Jake. This is the first installment of your List.


Management: Danny Kahn at Cross Road Management
A&R: Ian Ralfini and Mike Bailey
Product Manager: Perry Greenfield
Photography: Deborah Feingold
Illustrations: Lauren McIntosh
Design: Doyle Partners

Bruce Springsteen appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Jeff Tweedy appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records
Rufus Wainwright appears courtesy of the Decca Label Group
Elvis Costello appears courtesy of Hear Music

(P) (C) 2009 Manhattan Records. Manufactured by Manhattan Records. 150 fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Printed in U.S.A.

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