Rosanne Cash to Perform at Fundraising Event for South Street Seaport Museum


The South Street Seaport Museum today announced a gala concert starring singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash to raise funds to restore the schooner Lettie G. Howard. The gala event will be held on Monday, April 8th at the New York Academy of Medicine on Fifth Avenue.

Ms. Cash's ancestors arrived in Salem, Massachusetts aboard the ship Good Intent in 1643, and many of her ancestors were whalers and fishermen.

"I'm honored to support the restoration of Lettie G. Howard, a treasure of maritime history, a completely unique teaching vessel, and a precious fixture in New York Harbor," Ms. Cash said.

Tickets to the performance - which will begin at 8 PM - can be purchased online at Those purchasing tickets at the $500 "Jib" level or above will be invited after the performance to a private reception with Ms. Cash at the Museum of the City of New York.

The event is being held to raise funds to repair and renovate the 120-year-old Lettie G. Howard, which in recent years has served as a sailing school vessel for the New York Harbor School, the New York City public high school on Governors Island that trains students for maritime careers. Repairs to make her seaworthy again are estimated at $250,000; $140,000 has been raised to date.

"It is clear that Lettie is as tough as she is beautiful," said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York and President of the South Street Seaport Museum. "But today she needs help. She has developed rot in her keelson, the interior spine that holds her together, and we will have to take her apart in order to repair her. The project is estimated to cost approximately $250,000."

Rosanne Cash is one of America's pre-eminent singers and songwriters. Over the past 30 years she has recorded 12 albums, and has had 11 #1 singles. In that time she has navigated her own path between country and rock, roots and pop, writing songs that are finely-wrought vignettes, both highly personal and universally appealing.

She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 24, 1955, the eldest child of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto. After her parents separated she was raised by her mother in Los Angeles. Her father went on to marry singer June Carter, who also had an influence on young Rosanne's musical path.

After high school, Cash joined her father and stepmother's road show, working her way up from laundry duty to backup singer to soloist. Before starting a full-time career in music, she studied drama at Nashville's Vanderbilt University and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles.

Ms. Cash's recordings included "Right or Wrong," "Seven Year Ache," "Rhythm and Romance," "King's Record Shop," "Interiors," "The Wheel," "10 Song Demo," "Rules of Travel," and "Black Cadillac." Her most recent album, "The List" was released in the fall of 2009. The songs on it were selected from a list of 100 great American songs that her father told her she had to master and know if she were to become a musician.

Ms. Cash has also made her mark as a writer. She published a collection of short stories called "Bodies of Water" in 1995 and a children's book: "Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale" in 2000. Her essays and fiction have appeared in various collections and publications, including "The New York Times," "Rolling Stone," "Time Magazine," "The Oxford American," and "New York Magazine."