Rosanne Cash certain she'll write second memoir

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By Louis Hau

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rosanne Cash has worn many hats through the years -- country music star, acclaimed singer-songwriter, mother of five and firstborn child of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Now, with her long-awaited memoir "Composed," Cash is a best-selling author as well.

For the week ended August 14, "Composed" debuted at No. 20 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction. Cash, who's been on a book tour to promote the tome, says it's been an invigorating experience to go out on the road as an author.

"I even had a woman come up and say, 'I've never heard of you before, I've never heard your music; I just read the excerpt from the book and somebody's review and bought the book and loved it,'" Cash says. "And I thought, 'Ah, success!'"

The publication of "Composed" comes after the deaths of her father in 2003 and her mother, Vivian Liberto, in 2005, which also informed her 2006 album, "Black Cadillac." After surviving a health scare that required brain surgery, Cash went on to record "The List," her 2009 album of covers of classic songs that her father had urged her to learn.

In the coming weeks, Cash will be playing scattered concert dates amid a handful of additional book signings. She also says she's been writing songs with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry for an album that the trio hopes to begin recording in late fall.

In an interview with Billboard, Cash talked about her book and what it's been like watching daughter Chelsea Crowell launch her own recording career.

Billboard: Why did you feel compelled to write a memoir now?   Continued...

<p>Rosanne Cash performs at the annual Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island August 5, 2006. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>