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For most mortals, being Johnny Cash’s daughter and the stepdaughter of country music’s most dynastic family would amount to an impossibly crushing mountain’s worth of family obligations to live up to. But Rosanne Cash is not most mortals. For more than three decades, Cash has unflinchingly charted a course that acknowledges her history without being imprisoned by it. Cash keeps that balancing act going with her terrific new album, “The River & the Thread” (Blue Note Records), on which she takes a metaphoric spin down Highway 61 and reports back with 11 songs worth of spectral twang from the same emotional ballpark as Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” She’ll play it live Friday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $43.15-$64.65. See carolinatheatre.org for details.

David Menconi

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