The River & The Thread
Label: Blue Note (BLU)
Partly inspired by a Highway 61 road trip she took with her husband, the producer John Leventhal, Cash's first original record since 2006 offers something of a Southern tour itself, stopping in Memphis and Arkansas and wondering what it'd be like if Jesus came from Mississippi. Thanks in part to Leventhal's easy arrangements, the songs are dense and lyrical but never leaden. Just check out "World of Strange Design": "We talk about your drinking and not about your thirst."