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Rodney Crowell may well be the most talented country artist of his generation -- a singer / songwriter / producer / entertainer who has constantly forged ahead into new musical and thematic territory during times when too many of his compatriots have timidly clung to the straight and narrow. Yet, despite -- or perhaps because of -- his wide-ranging, diverse musical gifts, success as a recording artist was a relatively long time in coming for Crowell. He recorded several critically acclaimed albums for Warner Bros. -- Ain't Livin' Long Like This, What Will the Neighbors Think, Rodney Crowell and a fourth one that was never released -- in the late 70's and very early 80's. Yet no hits were forthcoming. It was not until the late 1980's, when he finally took on his former band member-turned-producer, Tony Brown, as his co-producer, that Crowell had his first real chart success, with an album titled Diamonds & Dirt. This, his 1988 breakthrough, resulted in five consecutive Number One singles (all of them written by Crowell) and won a Grammy award. He's since followed with Keys to the Highway (1989), Life Is Messy (1992) and Let the Picture Paint Itself (1994), which are not only some of the most intelligent, but also simply some of the best albums made in the last decade. The thing that has always set Crowell apart and given him his added creative edge is his brilliant imagination and incessant creative exploration. Hank Williams, Guy Clark, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, jazzmaster Miles Davis, author Raymond Carver, novelist Leo Tolstoy and the French poet Rimbaud are just a few of the artists from vastly different mediums who have influenced him over the years. Crowell's long musical journey began in Houston, Texas, where he was born in 1950. His father was a Tennessee-born construction worker and part-time local honky-tonk musician. (Crowell has always taken considerable pride in the fact that his mother and father met at a Roy Acuff concert in Tennessee.) By the time Crowell was 13, he was already drumming and occasionally singing in his father's band. After a brief stint in college, Crowell headed for Nashville in 1972. He went through the usual starvation period. "I was 21, didn't know a soul, didn't have a penny. I slept out at the lake in my car," he told Country Music magazine's Bob Allen in a 1989 interview. "But then I met Guy Clark and he gently shoved me toward influences like Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newbury and Billy Joe Shaver. I was lucky to meet Guy. He's certainly one of the biggest influences on me. He's like the Picasso of country writers." Crowell did a stint as vocalist/guitarist in Emmylou Harris' legendary Hot Band. Harris was also one of the first of many artists to record Crowell's original songs. Others include: rocker Bob Seger ("Shame on the Moon"), Waylon Jennings ("Ain't Livin' Long Like This"), Willie Nelson ("'Til I Gain Control Again"), The Oak Ridge Boys ("Leavin' Louisiana in the Broad Daylight") and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Long Hard Road"). On the strength of his early albums, Crowell also put together his own road band, The Cherry Bombs. Seen in retrospect, The Cherry Bombs' stellar line-up is another testimonial to his sheer good taste in musicians: its personnel included three men who have since become Nashville's hottest producers (Tony Brown, Richard Bennett and Emory Gordy Jr.), along with Vince Gill and famed session guitarist Albert Lee. When Crowell's early Warner Bros. albums failed to jump-start his recording career, he backed into yet another side occupation: producing records. He not only produced most of the hit records of Rosanne Cash (to whom he was married from 1979 to 1991), but has also manned the console as producer on projects with actress Sissy Spacek, actor Robert Duvall and on Bobby Bare's magnificent 1980 album, As Is. More recently, he produced Jim Lauderdale's critically acclaimed debut album, Planet of Love. In 1993, Crowell left Columbia Records and signed with MCA. His 1994 debut album for that label, Let the Picture Paint Itself, was extremely well received.
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Rodney Crowell  09/26/2004            
Trayman
I am a BIG time Rodney Crowell fan and I have to rate this as his best album by far. If you like him and you don't have this one, you must get it.
Rodney Crowell  11/06/2003            
RC
Rodney Crowell's new cd "Fates right hand," is well worth a listen. Couple of songs are kind of pop but overall is very good
Rodney Crowell  08/28/2003            
jiminy
I am a hard one to please in the music category. I can find fault with virtually everything and I must confess... I am hard pressed to find one thing I do not like about this album. The title track of this album is a much welcome departure for Crowell with it's Dylan-esque feel to it. It is bone honest and inspiring. Then a song like this is is counterbalanced with ""Come on Funny Feeling" that is carefree and childlike. There are some great contributing players on this album including Gillian Welch whose harmonies on "Time to Go Inward" are haunting. This album is almost self deprecating with songs like "The Man in Me" and makes you want to be able to see yourself with that level honesty he seems to posses... as uncomfortable as that might be. This is unlike any of his earlier works in that it is deep in meaning and content, but it has not lost a bit of that Rodney Crowell energy that is infectious.
Rodney Crowell  08/28/2003            
Lea Brue
Crowell has long been known for being a prolific song writer and a prominent producer and this album does nothing but solidify that label. "Still Learning How to Fly" is nothing but well written and musically, with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, it is amazing. "Earthbound" resonates deep as Crowell sings about not being ready to leave this Earth just yet, while Bela Fleck adds banjo to the track that creates an angelic, ethereal quality to the song. This album is self exposing to the point where we, the listener, are almost made to feel uncomfortable. As if we are peeping Toms, discovering too much about a man. Yet you just cannot stop listening and wanting to uncover even more. "Adam's Song" is perhaps my favorite. I read in a publication recently that he wrote it for a friend who's son, Adam, died at a young age and Crowell sang it at the boy's funeral. It is moving to the core. Striped down and simple in it's arrangement. "We don't want to say good bye. We don't want to feel that empty"... for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, this strikes deep at the heart. Just Crowell's voice and an acoustic guitar are enough to carry any album, but add Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Kim Richey, John Cowan and a cast of some of the finest musicians and you have a record worthy of much acclaim. I thought it did not get any better than Crowell's last album, The Houston Kid, but I have been proven wrong. Buy this record.
Rodney Crowell  05/28/2003            
big wes
rodney crowell can write like no other songwriter i've ever heard. he belongs on the same level as jerry jeff and willie nelson. he is a one of a kind, truly incredible musician. you'll love him, too.
Rodney Crowell  05/09/2002            
John Misner
Rodney Crowell truely is the song writers songwriter. I love the way he writes and sings his own stuff, not caring if people like it or not. If you don't like Rodney for who he is, then you won't like him at all. "The Houston Kid" is a perfect example of this just like all the music he has released before it. Keep on doin' what you're doin' Rodney.
Rodney Crowell  08/28/2001            
SFC ROBERT
What a singer !What a writer!what a artist!and he can play the hell out of a guitar! I HAVE BEEN LISTENING and WATCHING AND BUYING FOR OVER 20 YEARS,SINCE HIS hotband and Cherry BOMB DAYS. --ROBERT WHITE--US ARMY [email protected]
Rodney Crowell  03/09/2001            
tx music fan
WOW!
Rodney Crowell  03/06/2001            
Cody Lee Maxwell
There is no better songwriter known. "Till I Gain Control Again","A Song for the Life", "I Walk the Line", the list goes on. Rodney Crowell is the original Texas songwriter.
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