Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Your Tuesday Moment of My Bucket List

From 1988, please enjoy the transplendent Roseanne Cash and her hit version of John Stewart's brilliant "Runaway Train."

Still my favorite of her singles, although she's made more great records than most of us have had hot meals; how I've never gotten around to seeing her in person is beyond me.

And yes, I will concede that I hate the gated 80s drum sound on this song, but in this case it's not a deal breaker.


Anonymous said...

well, she'll be at the Rubin Museum of Art on June 29. Probably not performing, tho. I saw Cash at the Park West in Chicago, probably between the second and third album. Larrie Londin on drums, Albert Lee on guitar, Emory Gordy on bass and future producer to the stars, Tony Brown, on keys. And later in Houston at the even smaller Rockefellers, with Steuart Smith accompanying on a tour for The Wheel. She's very personable.

Sal Nunziato said...

Before I opened my shop on the UWS, I worked in Smash on St. Mark's Place. Rosanne Cash came into the shop a number of times, and one of those times, she danced in the aisles as she shopped. (I think I was playing a Motown comp.) I've seen her in concert a number of times, including that amazing "Numbers" show with Elvis Costello. (She thanked me for my review on her website.) But the dancing in Smash is still my fave performance.

Anonymous said...

A timely post, Steve - I was just listening to her second album, "SEVEN YEAR ACHE", the other day, and I have also been revisiting a couple of the early 1980s albums (on Warner Bros.) made by her former husband RODNEY CROWELL - they all still hold up pretty well.

"Runaway Train" is from her sixth album, "KING'S RECORD SHOP", which, apart from being worthwhile artistically, is probably the most commercially successful record she made, at least on the country charts - she (deservedly) had four different #1 singles from it (including "... Train").

Have never seen Rosie in concert, although I did see Rodney in the late 80s when he was touring his album "DIAMONDS & DIRT" (another really good record).

Anonymous said...

All of Stewart's post-Lindsey Buckingham albums - Blondes, Punch the Big Guy, Trancas - have that 80's sheen, but they're all worthwhile. Punch the Big Guy, which has "Runaway Train," is his late career masterpiece.

Jai Guru Dave said...

I loved "Runaway Train" so much that I put it on my phone answering machine (back when we had those) so that anybody who called me would hear it.

pete said...

she's the best

mainuh said...

There are only so many CD's / Records that you can buy without going broke.
That said, many years ago I bought her greatest hits cd.
When we moved to SC I made sure that her CD was loaded into my wifes car.


Anonymous said...

she has a mean potato salad recipe, too - boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, diced dill pickles/onions/celery/bacon, 3/4 cup mayonnaise, a few healthy dashes of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup mustard (whichever one you like)

edward said...

Never saw Rosanne, but did see John Stewart at the Palamino in late 80 or early 81, does that count?

Anonymous said...

Her shows are the bomb. 'Specially when she's accompanied by her current husband, the guitar god Jon Leventhal. So tasty, do not miss. Saw her last year at the Beacon, she did a very heartfelt cover of Ode to Billie Joe. Wept.
Tony J

Anonymous said...

Yeah. I'd say she's better live than on record. And the records aren't too shabby. I was a big fan of Rodney Crowell and all things connected back then. Saw him at the Crazy Horse a few times.

Memorable Roseanne shows: McCabes 1990 behind Interiors. June Carter-Cash was in the crowd as Roseanne bared her soul. Steuart Smith and a bass player backed her. Also, McCabes 1996, behind "10 Song Demo," with only Larry Campbell backing, and early 1988 at The Roxy behind "King's Record Shop". At the 1996 show she closed with the Beatles' "I'm Only Sleeping" which far surpassed the recorded version.

She usually has a great stage banter, much of which is self deprecating. See her before it's too late. Don't think you'll regret.