Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been friends since the early 1980s and their similar paths and collaborations serve as the foundation for this episode ofCMT Crossroads. The performance was taped at Manhattan Center Ballroom in New York City....... Read Full Episode Summary »
Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been friends since the early 1980s and their similar paths and collaborations serve as the foundation for this episode ofCMT Crossroads. The performance was taped at Manhattan Center Ballroom in New York City. Both children of the 1950s, Earle and Cash have led similar lives with success in the musical worlds of rock and country as well as the realm of short fiction. These former Nashville residents, who now live in New York City, collaborated in 2003 when Earle was featured on Cash's "I'll Change For You" on her Rules of Travel album. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Earle broke into the music scene 20 years ago with a No. 1 country record, Guitar Town. His broad collection of work includes such critically acclaimed albums as Copperhead Road, Train a Comin', I Feel Alright, El Corazon, The Mountain and Transcendental Blues. His more recent albums, Jerusalem and The Revolution Starts...Now, represent his outspoken political side. Other projects include producing a record for his wife Allison Moorer, hosting a radio show on Air America, touring and writing his first novel. In addition, his play Karla made its New York debut. Cash's launched her career as a singer-songwriter in the late 1970s working in London at CBS records, the same label on which her father, Johnny Cash, recorded during his career. She eventually released her debut album in 1978 and her follow-up album, Right or Wrong, included the hits "No Memories Hangin' Round," "Couldn't Do Nothin' Right" and "Take Me, Take Me." Cash's Seven Year Ache album, released in 1981, went gold; the title track, which she wrote, became her first of 11 No. 1 country hits as well as her signature song. Her 1985 album, Rhythm and Romance, featured "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," which was written in frustration after not winning a Grammy. Ironically, that song won her a Grammy in 1985. She released the classic King's Record Shop in 1987, which included four No. 1 hits. Her 2006 album, Black Cadillac, has become the most acclaimed release of her celebrated career.