Rosanne Cash couldn't stop fretting about Bruce Springsteen during her concert at the Folly Theater on Saturday. Aware that the rock icon was appearing at the nearby Sprint Center, Cash repeatedly invoked his name.
"Do you think Bruce is on stage yet?" Cash mused after completing her opening song. "Because I think the best thing I can do for you is to take you with me."
While Springsteen deserves his reputation as an exceptional performer, the quiet intensity of Cash's intimate 90-minute outing was unparalleled. Rather than believing they were at the wrong concert, Cash's audience had reason to pity the people who spent their evening with Springsteen. Cash's appearance may have lacked a raucous band and rousing hits, but the artistic mastery she and her husband, John Leventhal, displayed in a set of potent songs was singularly powerful.
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