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Rosanne Cash still tops the charts with her father's "essential" songs

January 15, 2010 Comments: 0

Rosanne Cash can claim to have topped the Americana charts in two decades. Her latest album, The List, held onto the top position in the Americana Music Association's airplay charts over the holiday period and into January.

The album contains her take on some of the 100 songs that her father Johnny, shocked at his teenage daughter's lack of knowledge of country music, wrote on a list of "essential country songs." He told her it was vital that she learned to play them if she wanted to complete her education.

Years later, the album that contains such classics as "Sea of Heartbreak" -- first recorded by Don Gibson and now remade by Cash with Bruce Springsteen -- and Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On", is a singalong hit with older fans and an education all over again for younger ones.

The List this week recorded 410 spins from the 350 U.S. radio stations that report for the chart. Lyle Lovett's Natural Forces moved up into second place, swapping places with Robert Earl Keen's latest offering, The Rose Hotel.

Rounding out the top 10 are Band of Heathens (One Foot in the Ether); Avett Brothers (I and Love and You); Chip Taylor (Yonkers NY); Dave Rawlings Machine (A Friend of a Friend); Sam Bush (Circles Around Me); John Fogerty (The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again); and Cross Canadian Ragweed (Happiness and all the Other Things).


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