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Country, folk royalty
Courtesy Mary Rozzi
Courtesy Jefferson Center
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Two performers with huge hits and continuing critical success in their histories are playing theaters in the valleys this weekend.
On Friday, Suzanne Vega takes the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg. Vega's "Tom's Diner" became an earworm 25 years ago with its "doo-do-doo-doo" refrain. But her most important song of that time focused on an abused child.
In Roanoke, Rosanne Cash hits Jefferson Center for a long sold-out show. Cash is country music royalty - the late Johnny Cash was her father, and the late June Carter Cash was her stepmother. But Rosanne Cash made a successful career that was separate from theirs, even as it occasionally recalled their styles.
Last year, Vega celebrated the 25th anniversary of her album, "Solitude Standing." That album included Vega's best known songs. "Luka" - sung from the perspective of an abused child - and "Tom's Diner." But she has continued to write, record and perform. Expect songs from her recent, four-volume series, "Close Up." According to her website, the series finds Vega "reinterpreting and re-recording her catalog in an acoustic, intimate, and personal manner."
ROSANNE CASH - SOLD OUT
In more than 30 years of recording, performing and writing songs, Rosanne Cash has hit the charts with a variety of music, from the pop-inflected "Seven Year Ache" to the pure country of "Tennessee Flat Top Box." Her most recent release, "The List," was compiled from a list of songs her father, Johnny Cash, gave her when she was 18. They were songs he thought she needed to know.
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