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A conversation with music legend Rosanne Cash at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Rosanne Cash at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.

While covering Bristol Rhythm and Roots Music Festival last month in Bristol, Virginia, correspondent Tom Wilmer had the absolute pleasure to visit with the festival headliner, Rosanne Cash.

To be transparent, Wilmer says, “I must confess that in addition to being an ardent fan of Rosanne’s music, I also adore her as a most kind, gracious and compassionate person. When I first interviewed her years ago at the Johnny Cash Music Festival at the University of Arkansas in Jonesboro I came away touched by her thoughtfulness, kindness and being totally focused, and in the moment.”

Come along and join the conversation as Rosanne waxes poetically about her life journey and passion for making the world a better place, along with a most humble awareness of the preciousness of life.

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Rosanne Cash on stage at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival in Bristol, Virginia

Just one of her litany of awards was bestowed in 2021 when she became the first female composer to receive the MacDowell Medal, awarded since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture.

Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums that have earned 4 Grammys and 12 additional nominations.

Cash is also an author of four books including the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.”

* The intro/outro music, Every Day Feels Like a New Goodbye is from Rosanne Cash's album She Remembers Everything.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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