My name is Rodney Crowell. I am a songwriter and recording artist. (A Grammy, an ASCAP Creative Achievement award, Rolling Stone Magazine announcing me some kind of can’t miss star of the future after the release of my first album and induction into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame are few of the laurels that might decorate my calling card were I to carry one.)
Crowell, singer and writer of songs that will remain favorites for ages to come, such as the recent “Earthbound.” He co-wrote “She’s Crazy For Leaving” with Guy Clark and “The Last Waltz” with the late Waylon Jennings. Emmylou Harris put down his “Til I Can Gain Control Again” and “Bluebird Wine” on her first album in 1974 and made hits of both. The short of it is, Crowell is musically prolific. He’s come out with countless albums of his own, his voice telling his tales like he hears them in his head.
Many of Crowell's lyrics are about the importance of perseverance through life's most difficult or infernally obnoxious developments, like Sex and Gasoline, written as encouragement to his curvy daughters amid the self-esteem killing onslaught of " 'Us,' and 'Ya'll' and 'Them' " magazines, as Crowell put it, or the bittersweet Ridin' Out The Storm, about an encounter with a homeless man who, by refusing a handout, asserted responsibility for his choices.
DRESSED IN BLACK: A Tribute to Johnny Cash presents passionate readings of 18 of Cash's signature tunes (though only 16 tracks are shown here) that underscore both the breadth and depth of Cash's creative genius as well as the enormous influence his towering presence has had --and continues to exert- -on the face and shape of the American culture. In a kind of "Six Degrees (or less) Of Separation," evidence of country music's long, snaky roots and intertwined cross-pollination abound on this ste
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