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|Born||August 7, 1950|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Origin||Jacinto City, Texas, U.S.|
|Genres||Country, Americana, country rock, folk|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer, performer, music director|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Columbia, MCA, Sugar Hill, Epic, Yep Roc, Vanguard, New West|
|Associated acts||Rosanne Cash, Steuart Smith, Emmylou Harris, the Cicadas, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Los Super Seven, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band|
Rodney Crowell (born August 7, 1950) is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs, all from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt . He has also written songs and produced for other artists.
He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band".
He has won two Grammy Awards in his career, one in 1990 for Best Country Song for the song "After All This Time" and one in 2014 Best Americana Album for his album Old Yellow Moon .
Crowell was born on August 7, 1950, in Houston, Texas, to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby
He came from a musical family, with one grandfather being a church choir leader and the other a bluegrass banjo player. His grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky tonks.At age 11, he started playing drums in his father's band. In his teen years, he played in various garage rock bands in Houston, performing hits of the day mixed with a few country numbers.
In August 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and got a job as a songwriter after being discovered by Jerry Reed.He later met and befriended fellow songwriter Guy Clark, who became a major influence on his songwriting and vice versa. While there, he said, "I got a real cold splash in the face of what real songwriting is about. I started filling my mind with as many symbols and images as I could. I started reading. I got real hungry to have something to contribute". Emmylou Harris had recorded one of Crowell's songs, "Bluebird Wine", on her Pieces of the Sky album and made a request to meet him. After he sat in with Emmylou at her gig at the Armadillo World Headquarters in early January 1975, she asked him to play rhythm guitar in her backing band, The Hot Band. He accepted and left the following day to join Emmylou in Los Angeles.
In 1977 as a side project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, together with Vince Gill, Tony Brown and others.One year later, he signed a solo deal with Warner Bros. Records and in late 1978, released his debut album, Ain't Living Long Like This .
His debut album, as well as his following two albums, But What Will the Neighbors Think and Rodney Crowell , were not commercially successful despite garnering a huge cult following. Crowell himself criticized his debut album for not translating onto vinyl the same clarity and energy he felt in the studio. His single "Ashes by Now" from "But What Will the Neighbors Think" reached No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980.
Though he had already several country hits by artists covering his songs (including "I Ain't Living Long Like This" by Waylon Jennings, "Leaving Louisiana..." by the Oak Ridge Boys, and several covers by Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Reed and others), Crowell got his first big taste of pop songwriting success with "Shame on the Moon". "Shame on the Moon" was recorded on the 1982 album The Distance by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. Glenn Frey joined Seger on background harmony on the song. Appealing to a broad cross-section of listeners, the song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, topped the adult contemporary chart, and placed in the Top 15 of the country chart in early 1983. The song's dark, poetic and hypnotic style helped boost Crowell's cult status.
The album Rodney Crowell was released in 1981 (see 1981 in country music) by Warner Bros. Records and was his last album on that label before switching to Columbia. The first album Crowell produced by himself, it reached No. 47 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 105 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The songs "Stars on the Water" and "Victim or a Fool" were released as singles. "Stars on the Water" reached No. 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart, Crowell's highest charting song up to that point. It peaked at No. 21 on the Canadian country charts. "Victim or a Fool" reached No. 34 in the U.S.
In 1981, Crowell put his career on hold to produce several of his wife Rosanne Cash's albums.
In 1983, Crystal Gayle had a number one country single with his song "'Til I Gain Control Again" from her first Elektra album, True Love . The song was first recorded in 1975 by Emmylou Harris and appeared on Elite Hotel that year.
In 1984, Crowell returned to working on his own music career and recorded what was to be a new album for Warner Bros., Street Language.That album, a pop-sounding effort co–produced by David Malloy, was rejected by Warner Bros, and was rejected by the label and never released. Warner Bros. requested a more Nashville-friendly record, but Crowell negotiated a release from his contract and moved to Columbia Records.
After producing Rosanne Cash's Rhythm & Romance , Crowell signed to Columbia Records in 1986. His first album for that label was reworked Street Language ,co-produced with Booker T. Jones and featuring a blend of soul and country music. The album did not chart.
Although best known as a songwriter and alternative country artist, Crowell enjoyed mainstream popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. His critically acclaimed album 1988's Diamonds & Dirt produced five consecutive No. 1 singles during a 17-month span in 1988 and 1989: "It's Such a Small World" (a duet with Cash), "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried," "She's Crazy For Leavin'," "After All This Time" and "Above and Beyond" (a cover of Buck Owens' 1962 hit). Crowell's "After All This Time" won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Country Song. His follow-up album, 1989's Keys to the Highway , produced two top 5 hits in 1990, which were "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway" and "If Looks Could Kill."
After 1992's Life Is Messy , he left Columbia Records and signed to MCA Records where he released two more albums — Let the Picture Paint Itself and Jewel of the South .
Crowell continued to enjoy success as a songwriter in the 1990s and 2000s. Crowell's songs that reached to Top Ten in the country charts in the decade included "Song for the Life" by Alan Jackson, "Making Memories of Us" by Keith Urban, "Ashes by Now" by Lee Ann Womack, and "Please Remember Me" by Tim McGraw.
In 2001, after a brief hiatus from recording, Crowell released The Houston Kid on Sugar Hill Records, his first studio album since 1995's Jewel of the South . Many songs on the album were semi-autobiographical, and the album included a duet Crowell had recorded and released as a single in 1998 with his ex father-in-law Johnny Cash, "I Walk the Line (Revisited)". Crowell followed up this effort with Fate's Right Hand in 2003 and The Outsider in 2005, both of which appeared on Columbia Nashville, a division of Sony Music. Leading critics and Crowell consider these three albums his finest work as a solo artist.
Rodney Crowell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 with fellow inductees Hal Blair, Paul Overstreet and John Prine.
2004 saw the release of The Notorious Cherry Bombs , a reunion of Crowell's 1970s road band, including Vince Gill and Tony Brown. The future Keith Urban hit "Making Memories of Us" was included on this disc. In 2005, Crowell served as producer for established Irish singer-songwriter Kieran Goss on the album "Blue Sky Sunrise".
In 2007, Rodney Crowell was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame.
Crowell released his next album, Sex & Gasoline , on Yep Roc Records in 2008, ending his relationship with Sony Music. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.Crowell figures prominently in musician-neuroscientist Daniel Levitin's book The World in Six Songs for which he was interviewed, and three Crowell songs, "Shame On The Moon," "I Know Love Is All I Need" and "I Walk the Line (Revisited)" are featured in the book.
In 2009, Crowell wrote Wynonna Judd's title track to her album Sing: Chapter 1 , which also was released in 2009. The song was given several electronic dance music remixes, and sent to dance radio as Judd's second release from the album. In August 2009, the single reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
Crowell produced Chely Wright's 2009 album, Lifted Off the Ground. Wright also made a cameo appearance in Crowell's 2008 music video for his single "Sex and Gasoline".
Vintage Books published Crowell's memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, in 2011. "Chinaberry Sidewalks" focuses primarily on Crowell's relationship with his parents’ marriage and his own early years growing up in Houston, Texas.
In 2012, Vanguard Records released KIN: Songs by Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr . Karr wrote the lyrics and Crowell set them to music. KIN was Karr's first foray into songwriting. Crowell performed four tracks on the album; one as a duet with Kris Kristofferson. A variety of other artists recorded the other songs on the album, including Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris.
On February 26, 2013, Crowell and Emmylou Harris released Old Yellow Moon on Harris' longtime label Nonesuch Records. The album reached Number 4 on Billboard 's Country albums chart and Number 29 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts. In 2013, the album won the Americana Music Awards' Album of the Year award and Crowell and Harris were named group/duo of the year. On January 26, 2014, Crowell won his second Grammy Award when Old Yellow Moon won the Grammy for Best Americana Album. On May 11, 2015, Crowell and Emmylou Harris released The Traveling Kind on Nonesuch Records.
Crowell released his first album on New West Records, Tarpaper Sky , on April 15, 2014. Crowell co-produced the record with his long-time collaborator, Steuart Smith. In the fall of 2014, Crowell was hired as music director for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light .
In 2015, Crowell provided background vocals on "It Doesn't Hurt Right Now", a song he co-wrote with Jewel for her album Picking Up the Pieces as well as on "Holy War", a track which appears on I Am the Rain , a 2016 album by Chely Wright. On December 20, 2016, Crowell released a music video for the song "It Ain't Over Yet", which features guest vocals from Rosanne Cash and John Paul White as well as harmonia from Mickey Raphael. The song appears on his album Close Ties, which was released in 2017. The album also features a duet with Sheryl Crow titled "I'm Tied To Ya".
In 2019, Crowell received the Poet's Award from the Academy of Country Music for his achievements in songwriting.He will also release a collaborative album, titled TEXAS on August 15, 2019.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Rodney Crowell among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Americana Music Honors & Awards
|2004||"Fate's Right Hand"||Song of the Year||Won|
|2004||"Fate's Right Hand"||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||"The Outsider"||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||"Don't Get Me Started"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Rodney Crowell||Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting||Won|
|2009||"Sex and Gasoline"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||"Old Yellow Moon" (with Emmylou Harris)||Album of the Year||Won|
|2013||Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris||Best Duo/Group||Won|
|2016||Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris||Best Duo/Group||Won|
|2017||"It Ain't Over Yet"||Song of the Year||Won|
|2017||"Close Ties"||Album of the Year||Nominated|
Academy of Country Music Awards
|1981||"Seven Year Ache"||Single Record of the Year (producer)||Nominated|
|1981||"Seven Year Ache"||Album of the Year (producer)||Nominated|
|1988||Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash||Top Vocal Duet||Nominated|
|1988||Rodney Crowell||Top New Male Vocalist||Won|
|1989||Rodney Crowell||Top Male Vocalist||Nominated|
|1989||"After All This Time"||Song of the Year (artist)||Nominated|
|1989||"Diamonds & Dirt"||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|1999||"Please Remember Me"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2019||Rodney Crowell||Poet's Award||Won|
ASCAP Country Music Awards
|2017||Rodney Crowell||Founder's Award||Won|
Country Music Association Awards
|1988||"Diamonds & Dirt"||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|1988||Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash||Vocal Event of the Year||Nominated|
|1989||Rodney Crowell||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|1989||"After All This Time"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|1989||"After All This Time"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|1989||"After All This Time"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|1990||Rodney Crowell||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|1999||"Please Remember Me" (with Will Jennings)||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|1986||"I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me" (with Rosanne Cash)||Best Country Song||Nominated|
|1989||"I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried"||Best Country Song||Nominated|
|1990||"After All This Time"||Best Country Song||Won|
|2005||"It's Hard to Kiss The Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" (with Vince Gill)||Best Country Song||Nominated|
|2009||"Sex & Gasoline"||Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album||Nominated|
|2014||"Old Yellow Moon" (with Emmylou Harris)||Best Americana Album||Won|
|2016||"The Traveling Kind" (with Emmylou Harris)||Best Americana Album||Nominated|
|"The Traveling Kind" (with Emmylou Harris and Cory Chisel)||Best American Roots Song||Nominated|
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Ain't Living Long Like This is the debut studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, released in 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It failed to enter the Top Country Albums chart. The songs, "Elvira", "Baby Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down" and "(Now and Then, There's) A Fool Such as I" were released as singles but they all failed to chart within the top 40. Despite this, Ain't Living Long Like This is considered one Crowell's best and most influential albums. Brett Hartenbach of Allmusic says it "not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer". Most of the songs on this album were later covered by other artists including The Oak Ridge Boys and Alan Jackson. When the album was re-released in 2002 the font on the cover was enlarged to make it more legible.
But What Will the Neighbors Think is the title of the second studio album by American country music artist Rodney Crowell. It was released in 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It reached #64 on the Top Country Albums chart and #155 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The songs, "Ashes by Now", "Ain't No Money" and "Here Come the 80's" were released as singles. "Ashes by Now" only reached #78 on the country charts and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the other two singles failed to chart. This album has more of a rock & roll influence than Crowell's debut, Ain't Living Long Like This. The album was rereleased on compact disc in 2005.
"'Till I Gain Control Again" is a country song written by Rodney Crowell and originally recorded by Emmylou Harris in 1975. The song was included on her 1975 studio album Elite Hotel. The song is most known by the No. 1 single version recorded by Crystal Gayle on her 1982 album, Crystal Gayle.
"Ashes by Now" is a song written by Rodney Crowell. It has since been recorded several by times by various musical artists in the country music format. The song was first recorded by Crowell himself, eventually releasing it as a single in 1980. It was notably covered by Lee Ann Womack in 2000 and her version became the most commercially successful after also being issued as a single.
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