Today's installment of World Cafe combines two of her most intimate interviews. The first is the 2006 conversation in which Cash presents songs from her dark and beautiful alt-country release, Black Cadillac. Produced by her husband John Leventhal, the record was written after the loss of many important influences in her life: father Johnny Cash, stepmother June Carter Cash and mother Vivian Liberto. The interview explores the profound impact of these events on her songwriting and performing.
Second, hear a 2009 interview with Cash about her 12th studio album, The List. This record was based on a list she'd received from her father that contained what he saw as the 100 greatest country songs. Cash picked 12 of them to sing on her album, and brought in guest performers like Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello to breathe new life into these classic tunes.
This segment originally ran on October 4, 2011.