Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash live at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Oct. 21

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, will perform in concert and lead a songwriting workshop at UAB.
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Rosanne Cash, one of the country’s preeminent singer-songwriters, will perform Friday, Oct. 21, and lead a songwriting workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Cash’s 8 p.m. performance is presented by the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $45-$65. UAB employees can enjoy $15 off two tickets, and $10 student tickets are available. Discounted tickets are limited. To purchase tickets, visit or call 205-975-2787. Child care is available for the evening through ArtPlay’s Kids Night Out program.

Cash was 18 when her father, legendary musician Johnny Cash, gave her a list of 100 essential country songs to help her better understand the music that came before her. Her first album, “Right or Wrong,” was released in 1979, and since then she has released 14 more albums of extraordinary songs that have earned her four Grammy Awards and another 11 nominations. In 2015, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

On “The River and the Thread,” a collaboration with her husband, co-writer/producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album garnered impressive worldwide acclaim, and she received three Grammy Awards in 2015. Her most recent album, released in 2018, is called “She Remembers Everything.”

Cash has written four books, including her best-selling memoir “Composed,” which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read,” and her most recent book, “Bird on a Blade.” Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford American, The Nation and others.

asc roseanne cash smileIn 2021, Cash received the Edward MacDowell Medal, awarded to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture. She was the first female composer ever to receive this award. Cash was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts.

Cash is an artist-in-residence at New York University.

ArtPlay Kids Night Out

For this performance, child care will be available through ArtPlay Community Education’s Kids Night Out. Kids Night Out provides cool, creative activities for children ages 5-12. While the adults enjoy a night out, children will participate in hands-on arts activities led by ArtPlay teaching artists. Drop-off time is 30 minutes before the performance.

Kids Night Out is $35 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Reservations are available now; space is limited. For reservations or questions, contact Traci Roller at All Kids Night Out opportunities are free with Friends and Family Membership; limit two kids per membership.