ROSANNE CASH "The List"
"When I was 18, I was on the road with my dad. One day, we were sitting in the tour bus, talking about songs, and he mentioned a song, and I said, "I don't know that one." He mentioned another one, and I said, "I don't know that one, either." Then he started to get alarmed, so he spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put "100 Essential Country Songs." And he handed it to me and he said, "This is your education." The genesis of Rosanne Cash's remarkable new album, The List, dates back to that day in 1973-to a time before her eleven previous albums, her 1985 Grammy and numerous additional nominations, her twenty-one Top 40 country singles. She had just graduated high school and was starting to write songs of her own when her father, the incomparable Johnny Cash, discovered some gaps in her knowledge of American roots music. Rosanne and Johnny Cash, 1977 "I think he was alarmed that I might miss something essential about who he was and who I was," says Cash. "He had a deeply intuitive understanding and overview of every critical juncture in Southern music-Appalachian songs, early folk songs, Delta blues, Southern gospel, right up to modern country music." Three dozen years later, Cash has selected twelve songs from the syllabus presented to her by her father and recorded her first album of covers. Still, she remains a songwriter to her core, so she approached each composition-from Jimmie Rodgers "Miss the Mississippi and You" to Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country"-in search of its particular essence. The result is a glorious range of sounds and moods, as rich and complex as such Cash masterworks as Seven Year Ache, Interiors, and Rules of Travel. A handful of truly special guests join her for some of the recordings: Bruce Springsteen ("Sea of Heartbreak"), Elvis Costello ("Heartaches by the Number"), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy ("Long Black Veil"), and Rufus Wainwright (Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings"). The idea for The List came about while Cash was on tour promoting her 2006 studio album, the widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Black Cadillac-a reflective song cycle about the loss of her father; her mother, Vivian Liberto; and her stepmother, June Carter Cash. She had held on to the original copy of the List for all those years, but had never thought to do anything with it. ˜It just didn't interest me," she says. "I learned all the songs, but then I set on my own course as a songwriter, and set about separating myself from my parents, as you do when you're young. When I was writing the narratives for the Black Cadillac show, I had recently found the List again, so I wrote about it. And virtually every show, people started asking me. "˜Where's the List? What about that List?" With this ambitious project behind her, Cash says that, while she has started writing songs of her own again, she hopes to do a second volume of songs from her fatherâ€™s List at some point, and then make sure that the full 100 songs are archived properly. She also points out, though, that while she hadnâ€™t fully explored this priceless gift from a father to a daughter, the songs on the List had always been important to her own work. Rather than a break from her own career, she looks at The List as something she needed to grow into over time.
Tim DeKay - USA Network's "White Collar"
WHITE COLLAR is about the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist and an FBI agent. The story unfolds after charming criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey (Bomer) is caught by his nemesis, G-Man extraordinaire Peter Burke (DeKay). After escaping from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love Kate, Neal is nabbed by Peter once again. Rather than returning to jail for this daring getaway, Neal suggests an alternate plan - providing his expertise to assist the Feds in putting away infamous and elusive criminals in return for his freedom. Tim DeKay stars as Peter Burke in the new USA Network original series WHITE COLLAR, DeKay can also be occasionally heard on NPR performing in both classical and new plays for L.A. TheatreWorks, and he is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. His education includes a B.S. from Le Moyne College and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where he met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor. They currently reside in Los Angeles with their two children.
TOM HINDE - Flowers Vineyard & Winery
After meticulously farming our estate vineyards on the True Sonoma Coast, the hand-crafting of our wines begins. All of our fruit is hand-harvested in the early morning into small bins to ensure proper delivery to the winery. Hand cluster selection begins on our custom-built shaker table. Pinot Noir clusters are dispersed and gently conveyed to the next sorting table where six sorters can assess the clusters that will be allowed to pass to fermentor. At Flowers, we de-stem Pinot Noir to ensure gentle handling and provide a 75% whole-berry environment in our small open-top fermentors. Pinot Noir is cold-soaked for five to seven days at a temperature of 45Â°F and the hand-punching-down begins. After the cold-soak period, the fermentor warms to 68Â°F - 85Â°F and wild yeast carries the fermentation to show terrior and complexity. Free-run wines are drained to barrel and the remaining skins are gently pressed in a small old-world basket press. All wines are aged between 14-16 months in small oak barrels from Burgundy Coopers. The wines are bottled without the use of sterile filtration and no fining occurs. Our philosophy is to retain all of the natural vineyard elements while hand-crafting our Pinot Noir. This ensures the true expression of our unique vineyard sites when the wines are enjoyed. The wines receive additional bottle age in our temperature controlled cellar and are released annually for direct purchase from Michelle at the winery. We hand cultivate all of our vineyards on the True Sonoma Coast. When the decision to pick is made, the grapes are harvested in the cool morning and placed into small bins to ensure proper delivery to the crush pad. At the winery we conduct one final hand sorting. Then the whole clusters go directly to press to preserve fresh fruit and limit the amount of solids in the new juice. Gently pressed chardonnay juice is settled then put directly into new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels for 100% barrel fermentation. Barrels undergo fermentation in temperature and humidity controlled aging rooms. When fermentation is complete, the new wines are put through a second fermentation converting Malic acid to Lactic acid. The True Sonoma Coast yields chardonnay that has distinct naturally high acidity and a balanced low pH structure. Twice monthly barrels are hand stirred with a thin wand. This hand crafting method of battonage adds complexity by whisking up natural yeast and fermentation sediment known as lees and allowing them to settle back out through the aging wines. Using this age-old technique the wines become softer, more complex and gain exquisite mouth feel. Final blending takes place in early summer. The wines receive additional bottle age in our temperature controlled cellar and are released annually for direct purchase from Michelle at the winery.