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Episode 27: Ana Cristina Cash

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This week I had the honor of sitting down with Ana Cristina Cash, the daughter-in-law of Johnny Cash, the talented singer, songwriter, and musician. Ana talks with me about her new Hawaiin Christmas single, Mele Kalikimaka, her relationship with her husband, Johnny Cash Jr., the famous Cash Cabin Recording Studio, and the things she is looking forward to most post-pandemic. 

Hi Everybody and welcome to anotherepisode of the Southern Stars podcast. My name is Sam Shehe, your host andtoday we're excited to have Anna, Christina cash on the show. AnnaWelcome. Thank you so much for having me this isfun. We're so excited to talk about your new Christmas Hawaiian Christmasclassic Milica Liki Maka that was redue released in October. You are also thedaughterin law of the Johnny Cash, so we're going to definitely dig into thata little bit but tell us what it's been like. Releasing your album shine duringcovid and everything that's been going on and how that's kind of impacted yourmusic well shine is a record that I'm veryproud of. I reported it at the cash cabin studio and Henderson mittleTennessee, which was a cabin that my fatherinlaw bilt, one thousand ninehundred and seventy nine, and that my husband, John Carter, cash, whoproduced shine converted into a full on recording studio, with a consulboardroom and vocal boosh and instrument booths and everything, and it was workin progress of a span of three years, and I would say that h. The Mix of themusic is mixed with pop country jazz and some blue. So it's a very eclecticalbum throwing on country, and I either co rode or wrote the majorityof the tracks h with the ubset exception of seminal wind, which is aJohnny Anderson Cover, particularly because I'm from Florida and that songreally resinated with me and am which was written by Henry Man, Senean recordedby Roy orbison. So when covid hit kind of like March, things were their sortof feelers out for covid. Nobody really knew what was going on if you'R Reveryone was like. Oh it's not going to come here. Y It'll just be to wed tin ayeah. So I had plans to do all kinds of showslive...

...to support my release, which was inApril sheine. Shine was released in April, tw thousand and twenty, and sothose opportunities just got moved to online, which has been interesting andI'm. I am grateful for the chance to at least have technology like zoom to haveinstagram live takeovers and facebook lives where I've been able to stillconnect with fans and everything for the release of the record. But I had aGran Alapri date plan in support of this for April and that had to be movedso looks like they're having me backeither before the end of the year or just right at the beginning of twothousand and twenty one to sing back on the Grand Alot Br. So I look forward tothat I'd say a lot of phone interviews, radio interviews over the phone. Youknow I've done a lot of social distance sessions. I started a series where I'mposting one song a week either from shine or my previous albums before Iwas Anna Chrissina cash. I was known artistically as Anna Christina and yeahrelease. Several albums n in the past, just in a lot of music world, as wellas just independent records in English, so I'm singing a lot of those songs toand releasing one of those videos a day for sometam calling the cash cabin livesessions right. So it's fun, so I'm distancing with my guitars Wir, atleast like six feet. Apart with this and right, I am in the pro process of recordingmore now, but we have to be it's not going as quickly because we can't haveas many musicians tracking in the studio we kind of Haveto really becareful with our protocol and our safety, which is above everything wejust want everyone to be healthy. So right now it's just a musician or twoat a time at a distance with masks if they're not playing so it's. You knowmy husband and I have both managed to stay creative and again, I'm just happy that shine made it into the world and t the titleis kind of ironic shine. You know an in...

...a time of sort of uncertainty foreveryone, so I really hope that the album givespeople comfort. There are a lot of love songs there, but, aside from that, alot of topics of female empowerment, just being empowered overall and arelationship is important. I have a lot of strong women in my narratives when Iwrite because I always said I wanted to writewhat I what I want to project, what I want to become what I what I aspire to,I feel that's the only way to stay genuine with the ridoting right.Absolutely, and now I mean it's October, but we're already getting close toChristmas and you have your new single out. What has that been like, and youknow already thinking for Id- I can't believe Er in the holidays soon withall of this, you know it's the inspiration for me:recording melicly Kamaca, which is the Hawaiian Classic Christmas Song was, Ihave a three year old three year old daughter. Her name is grace June and wewere fortunate enough to take her Hawaii last year and we took her to aLuou in mate and she does not stop like she had to have her third birthdaytheme as a Luau. Everything out, I'm like you know, like the only HawaiianSong, I really knows meliclikhemacus. I would sing it to her all the time andshe really has a thing for Tahetian drum. So I did like the whole intro.That's just a drum intro it bcause. I wanted her to dance along to it, so itwas kind of inspired by her and just family, and I love I'm a sucker forfour part Harmonieis like those Andrew Sisters, harmonies in the original,with Bing Crossbe, singing and everything. So I just did that. Withmyself I was I was my corous girl Ese. I double myself four times and I have alot of fun in the studio finding harmonies- and you know I sing on a lotof other artist projects to like a lot of projects that either either come outof the cabin or just in the past. I've done backgrounds. For so many artiststhat I really really enjoy finding harmonies- and this is a very harmonyrich song- and I honestly just really...

I'm just tired of the uncertainty likemost people, tired of you know, what's going on, andI just wanted something that was bright and happy and Shiny, and I had you know: Ie really had a vision forthese photos, so I'm wearing a lot of you know my social media. When I'mpromoting it you'll see I'm wearing a lot of tropical dresses. I I blew up a giant Flamingo in my pool. Had A goud wager for come, take apicture of it, and then I had those Aaron Fox that took my photos forthat and Delanni Royer who's, a wonderful graphic artist, superimposedHawaii. In the background of a lot of these photos and on the cover as well, which is with the giant flamango. So Ireally just want an excuse to use a giant Flamingo Thats, fuck breakin now makes you feellike you're somewhere tropical. It did so. At least it was. You know it mademe happy for a little bit, so hopefully the imagery is making other people think about vacations when they can't really travelright now think of a of a different time, a different place where they cansleep so that the whole reason to put this out therehas has has become totally different other than the fact that it it wasinspired by my daughter now, it's more so as it means to escape it's kind oflike and escape this thing yeah, and I think that you know, despite everythingthat's happening, people are still looking forward to the holidays andthat kind of festivity and escape through the music. So I'm excited foreveryone to hear it. This is Anna, Christina cash with Melacaliki maca...

...ypase, the thing to say on a pridealiin Christmas Day. That's the ODT greeding Tatesento fromMand wit palm tree swar. We know that Christas will be green andRi. The Sun will shin by Dayn all the Starsan Ni now icyip my eyes, WHI Wa, to sayCrismas Toyou. My guy is the thing to say: Ona Ri LiChristmas Day. That's the Ilin rading that Wesendto from the land we Pontreewa e know that Christmas will be cree a sunwill shine a day in all the starsand my Guy Wy to Sayms to you that Christmas will be crea and soill Shin Ba Dayin, all the stars andNI I like Coe, keep my guy is Mi Tus, say my guys, the thing tosay on a ride. Why, Christmas Day,...

...that's the I ingree that we send to Houfrom the landwer Pi Tree Way: Christmas, Wi Ra and the Sun Shin My da all the stars andnight, a ICANI give my eyes wis to Saso, you mentioned family and howyour daughter inspired your new Christmas Song, but let's talk a littlebit about having Johnny cash as your fatherinlaw and your husband'sinfluences, and what what that has done for your music? Well, it has really inspired me. I camefrom Miami Florida, I'm from a biolingual household. My parents arefrom Cuba and they migrated to the. U Us in on Thousan ed a Ty, so I had anentirely different cultural experience that I moved to Los Angeles for fouryears, where I met my husband by chance- and you know before we started dating,we were friends and when things starte becoming more serious and we wereboyfriend and girlfriend, I moved to Nashville to be a part of the world outhere. So we started performing together and clearly just having Johnny cash every day in theCarter family. Also, on his mom's side, wheras aurt of our lives has reallyinfluenced my music, especially because, as soon as I moved here, I startedperforming shows that the country music call of fame with him in which it wouldtell stories it's it's kind of a historical show where hewould sing his dad songs, and I would...

...sing with him just that the June duetsand everything for these European tour groups that would come to the country,Music Hall of fame and really it just became a script that I memorized in myhead. So I know the story of all behind all these johnny cash songs and theinspiration for these things and just tha the Tennessee to inspiration at thebeginning when he started his writing and just the strumming patterns and I've always been an admirer in alover of country music. I grew up listening to Passy, Klyng, Tamy Winaand a lot of like the modern Ns country, women like Shanaia, like Faith Martina,but definitely just the influence of Johnny cash and his mother June Carterhas been huge in the last. You know, six years that I've lived in Nashvillethat we've been together, I've I've done a Carter. Family show seeing the Carter sister songs, withwith Allison Krous, with Suzanne COK and heather bary may for the Johnny CashHeritage Festival in Arkansas. So it was really cool to see just how humble were his humble originswhere he came from and Dias, and you know how he became this massivesuperstar and we did this festival in the middle of a field in Dias Arkansasand having again four park. Part Harmony is,you know, with Alison krows and these other two women that I respect so much Jo, seeing these Carter family songs,which the Carter family. If you know, if you know your country, music,history, the set the foundation for what country music is today reallyexactly yeah. So just having the two sides of my husband, JohnCarter, cash's family as influences, has been very impactful, because I'vehad to work with him not only performing our original music,but when we've had to just carry on the legacy an and have being a part of thatall the time the songs are ingrained in my head, th,the feeling everything D- it's just become a part of my DNA at this pointand it definitely influenced the work...

...that you are on shine. That's awesome,was it intimidating meeting him for the first time my ht? I had no idea like O,then make the Clas to me. He was just he was just a dude and he'll. Tell youlike we're just we're just talking. I had no idea for the longest time like,and he didn't really tell me anything. You know In'ta later so yeah, so it's you know we justconnected over just music different things when we met and we met just very randomly and just had o sharelove of music and spirituality and philosophy of life. So I think justconnecting with a human on that level is very important. Youknow yeah you kind of connect with that before you know everything else, whichkind of shows the true connection, which is really cool yeah. Definitelywhat are you? What are you hoping for you know coming up in the next year, soobviously were hopeful. The things will begin to get back to normal over thenext year or two. But what are you looking forward to most in your career in my career R, just everyday Life Bot? Well in my career? To be honest, I want to continue working. I've alwaysbeen a worker. My whole life, I love creating music. I love performing lifeshows. I do miss that human connection with the audience. I do a lot of showsvirtually now, but I feel just just being there shaking people's hands.Hugging people signing sending autographs just that that specialexchange that you have when you do a live show you know just the feeling of being onstage is extremely special. I I am recording now, since we do have astudio on our property, so I've been able to be creative, even though it'staking a a little bit longer, because we don't have all the musicians likeright, where we need them, or sometimes we'll send people files and thenthey'll record from home as well like if they have like a guitar part or adrunk part or whatever it is, and on a personal note, I really would liketo be able to travel again and that kind of blinks into work. Traveling forwork was huge for my husband and I...

...wewere you know we're just travelingperformers and to be to be in a house for seven months is, is kind of R yeah, so I'd say just just the every daythings we would take for granted just being able to go to restaurants and nothaving to worry being able to see friends. I haven't seen my family inFlorida. In seven months Youknoso it was so a lot of personal goals and alot of career goals, so hopefully we'll get a vaccine ser. Yes,fingers cross yeah think that your daughter will end up in music. Does sheseem to be leaning toward that? Or what do you think so? She's Greatgrace Juneis really funny, so she loves clocks IWHAT. Do you want tobe when you grow up? She says I want to be a clockmaker. Oh my gosh. However,she does have a little guitar. She has couple little guitars in her room andwe never told her to do this, but she just maybe it's genetic memory with somany musicians in the family, een John side, but me and everything. Maybe shesees US playing she'll grab her guitar. No one taught her how to do this.She'll strom on pitch and she'll write her on song she's. Only three, soshe'll start like O to sleep. My Little Pa like like these things that I'm,like so you're a songwriter and she's very commanding in her presence to soI'm like who are you like? I don't know Shea what we do. I have no idea, you know and it's a career that itworries me sometimes because it's not always very linear. You know there area lot of fit falls and there there can be a lot of success, but there are alot of ups and downs in the entertainment industry so for for myown child to pursue that, I would be very supportive that at the same time, I I'dhave her yield with caution. Yeah you've been through it, you know whatit's like I've been through, it my whole life. I started performing itfrom age. Six to thirteen on national TV shows. I was signed for the firsttime at the age of fifteen...

...to a lot of division of soning music.So I did this in my in my elementary school years and in my adolescence as aprofessional job and it carried on to adult hood. So I've seen many facets ofthe way the music industry has changed. Yeah. Absolutely that's amazing. Threeyears old though she must, she must subconsciously, pick up on watching thefamily and everyone he does she's very and she has a verycommanding presence for a three year old. She really demands your attentionwhen she strums so amazing. What is one of your favorite songs off of the shinealbum? You know, I would say the first singlewas broken roses. It really meant a lot to me. I wrote that with a writercalled Kevin done from whales, with Bill Miller as an Artistt of Nashvilleand my husband, John Cartercash, and I have a music video out for it, and itaddresses issues meant of mental health issuesand substance abuse issues. It is a ballad, a very heartfelt Balad, so thatone really means a lot to me, because I came from the School of power ballods.I listen to a lot of singers that sang very strong, meaningful things likethat to influence me in my life. So I, when choosing a first single for therecord, I'm like what what out of this body of work can help people. How can Ihelp people? What am I really doing here? Am I just entertaining, or am Itrying to get a message across so broken roses was, was the clear singleto me, but there are really so many fixd to fall. I feel very connectedwith tug of war is a very feisty song. Southern rootes is a swampy murder.Ballad there's you know, there's rocka billy stuff on there there's. There area lot of things on shing that I connect with. I think that the mental healthmessage to is so important. I mean it's obviously a topic- that's you know beentalked about recently, but with covid...

...and people at home and just everythingthat's going on. I think it's even more important to be talked about and havesomething that people feel they can relate to most definitely yeah well Anna. It has been so great to haveyou on or so honor to have you on the podcast. Let us know where we couldfind you on social media and listen to your music. Yes, so I Iam Anna, Christina cash on twitter, oninstagram on Facebook, and I am Anna, Christina cash music on tick, Tock andmy website is Anna, Christina cashcom Awso, we'll be sure to go check out hermusic and listen to her new Christmas song. Anna. Thank you so much forcoming on this has been fun. Thank you. Thank you. So Much.

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