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Nationally Recognized Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash to Perform at the 2012 Richmond Folk Festival

Paul Dahlin and the Äkta SpelmänAugust 6, 2012  (Richmond, VA) – The Richmond Folk Festival is pleased to announce that nationally-recognized singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash will make a special appearance at the 2012 Festival for one performance only on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Her own thoughtful, genre-blurring approach, which encompasses country, rock, roots and pop influences, has garnered her a Grammy, twelve Grammy nominations and eleven No. 1 singles.  On her 2009 album The List, she recorded twelve songs from the list of “100 essential country songs” that her father compiled for her, and instructed her to learn, when she was 18 and about to join his road show. The List received a Grammy nomination and won the 2010 Americana Music Association album of the year. The author of two books, Cash’s prose and essays have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American and New York Magazine, among others. The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family, Rosanne’s musical and family legacy is rooted in the very beginnings of American country music. 

Children IncorporatedRosanne’s appearance at the 2012 Festival occurs in conjunction with her visit to Richmond in support of the work of the Richmond-based non-profit, Children Incorporated. Children Incorporated provides resources for children in need in the U.S. and 22 other countries, in the form of education and providing basic needs – food, clothing, healthcare and school supplies – to more than 15,000 children worldwide through established schools, orphanages and community centers.

“Rosanne has been supporting Children Incorporated for 25 years, and we are thrilled to have her in Richmond to help celebrate and share her involvement and belief in our work. She will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, October 12, to benefit Children Incorporated and will perform at the Folk Festival on Saturday,” said Children Incorporated Executive Director Ron Carter.

Each year, the Richmond Folk Festival brings some of the best musicians in their genre from around the country and the world.

Lisa Sims, Venture Richmond deputy director and Folk Festival director, said, “We are honored that Rosanne Cash will be sharing her music at the Folk Festival. Children Incorporated approached us about her coming to Richmond to celebrate their organization, and we feel both lucky and grateful. We’re honored to present her and her band as one of our first performances on Saturday at the Festival, and we know that Richmond will give her a warm welcome.”

Rosanne Cash will perform at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. on the Altria stage.


The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival held in Richmond from 2005-2007.  In the tradition of the National, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 20 performers and performing groups, on seven stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife Area, featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. More information is available at www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Venture Richmond also produces such long-standing and signature community events as Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit www.venturerichmond.com.

The NCTA was founded in 1933, and is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  The NCTA presents traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs.  www.ncta.net.


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