Rosanne Cash has had a complex relationship with the South. The Memphis-born daughter of AR's Johnny Cash, step-daughter of VA's June Carter Cash, and ex-wife of Nashville's "Houston Kid" Rodney Crowell, she grew up in CA, started her music career in Europe, and has spent the last few decades living in NY. But her roots and love for the South remain strong, as is clear in these new songs (and in a wonderfully written Oxford American article). Cash threads together Robert Johnson's grave, the Tallahatchie Bridge, and her dad's newly restored boyhood home in The River & The Thread. It is both nostalgic and modern, and probably her best collection of original material since The Wheel, if not ever.