September 13, 2015 |
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are old friends and avatars of important movements underway in traditional country music and Americana, thanks largely to their work, since the mid-1970s. Crowell wrote early signature songs for Harris ("Bluebird Wine" on her 1975 album, Pieces of the Sky ) and played guitar in her famed Hot Band. They're set to perform Sunday at the Keswick Theatre. "We took to each other immediately, felt as if we knew each other forever from the start," Crowell says by phone from the road near Alexandria, Va. When they met in 1974, they shared a record label (Warner Bros.)
March 28, 2013 |
Gram Parsons has been dead since 1973, so we're all 40 years late to the party of seeing Emmylou Harris sing with her ideal duet partner. In 2013, Rodney Crowell will have to do. And Crowell, who sang with her at the Academy of Music on Tuesday night, did just fine. He has a new album with Harris called Old Yellow Moon - their first with equal billing, although they've frequently worked together since the mid-'70s. Not that Harris doesn't still carry the hard-to-compete-with ghost of Parsons around.
March 23, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Before Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell took the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center at the South by Southwest music conference last week, WXPN-FM general manager Roger LaMay introduced the duo by talking about their "musical conversation of 40 years. " That conversation began when Harris was recording her first solo album, Pieces of the Sky , which came out in 1975. The album's producer (and her soon-to-be-husband), Brian Ahern, played a song for her by an unknown songwriter called "Bluebird Wine.
October 26, 2012 |
When Rodney Crowell first teamed up with poet and memoirist Mary Karr, he figured the collaboration might yield a couple of songs he could use on an album of his own. "But it caught on so fast and we produced so much in such a short time, I said, 'You know, we're making an album here,' " the 62-year-old singer and songwriter says over the phone while heading east from Columbus, Ohio. Indeed, they were. The terrific result is Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell . Produced by Joe Henry, the 10 songs are sung by Crowell, Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, and Crowell's former wife Rosanne Cash.
October 4, 2011 |
WE'RE GOING to the country, grooving on jazz, bringing home the folk and buzz-bombing Athens, Ga., in this week's new releases roundup. COUNTY CAPERS: 85-years-young Tony Bennett has just scored his first-ever No. 1 Billboard album with "Duets II. " Now wouldn't it be swell if outlaw country icon Merle Haggard could enjoy a similar tribute/payday with his new set, "Working In Tennessee" (Vanguard, B+) ? The 74-year-old lung-cancer survivor sounds in growly good voice and keeps the tempo lively, with lotsa swinging country-jazz licks and even a side trip into frothy Caribbean waters on the Jimmy Buffet-styled "Down on the Houseboat.
February 25, 2011 |
The way his latest album turned out was one of those "happy accidents" for Raul Malo. The former front man for the country band the Mavericks cut the basic tracks for Sinners & Saints at his home studio in Nashville - playing most instruments himself and, for the first time, working without a coproducer. "I was in the studio recording 'San Antonio Baby,' " Malo recalls from his Music City home, referring to a jaunty Tex-Mex number. "And I wanted an Augie Meyers-type of keyboard sound.
July 22, 2005 |
When he returned to his solo career in 2001 after a six-year hiatus - a time devoted mostly to domestic matters - Rodney Crowell was after something different. The 54-year-old native Texan, who had reached his commercial peak in the late '80s when five self-penned singles from his Diamonds and Dirt album topped the country charts, was no longer interested in pursuing the hit record, even though his efforts were also artistically successful. Instead he wanted to articulate a "singular sensibility.
October 24, 1991 |
QUOTE "I love feathery hats. My favorite is the Chanel hat that looks like Dr. Seuss-Meets-an-Ostrich, like a ten-gallon champagne hat. " - Miss Kier, singer, Deee-Lite GUNSHOT WOUND WASN'T IN SCRIPT Hmmmm! You decide on this one. There's always been plenty of sizzle in the romance between "Wild Orchid" stars Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis. The seamier among you might recall he took shots of her shackled as a naked supplicant, slathered in oil, which then were published as art in the French magazine Photo.
March 11, 1991 |
Rosanne Cash put on an "I can't remember the last time I saw anything this good" show at the Theater of Living Arts Saturday night. Everything was just right: the small-scale venue, the sound, the all-of-a-piece song selection, and, most of all, the sweet ache of experience in Cash's voice, even more striking live than it is on record. Cash is a songwriter of the first rank, but her frank explorations of fear, doubt, anger and faith in troubled love haven't been widely heard due to her infrequent albums, reluctance to tour and pigeonholing as a "country" artist.
November 23, 1989 |
Rodney Crowell was born in Houston, but his music suggests a birthplace on the border between country and rock and roll. "Hank Williams was my idol when I was five minutes old," he says, "and as soon as I could stand in front of a mirror, I'd pretend I was Hank. Then one day I heard 'Maybellene' and I started to pretend that I was Chuck Berry. " Crowell, 39, who has belatedly become a country star with 1988's Diamonds and Dirt and the new Keys to the Highway (both on Columbia), is a rootsy kind of new traditionalist.