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- Posted on Aug 28th 2009 10:00AM by Benjy Eisen
"They're four gentlemen that I respect tremendously," Cash tells Spinner. "They were my dream team." And they are: Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright. Each of those artists contributed guest vocals to a respective track on Cash's latest CD, 'The List.'
"It was fun talking about whose voice would be well-suited to each of those songs, but I was really surprised in all four cases," says Cash. "I mean with Bruce, what a great country harmony singer he is! Who knew? When we put the files together finally and heard it all the way through, John just said, 'My god! That's so romantic!' That's my own husband talking!"
Like many modern studio collaborations, Springsteen recorded his vocals separately and in a different studio entirely, due to his busy schedule. "His attention to detail was really impressive," says Cash. "The way he anticipated me on some of those lines ... I don't know that anybody else would notice that but me and John, but it just floored me that he did that. That he took the time to listen, to know exactly what kind of intonation I would use on the line that followed him, and then he matched it as if he were anticipating me. So specific and so technical that it just kind of blew me away."
Yeah, he's been known to do that to people, Rosanne.