Rodney Crowell

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association welcomes

Rodney Crowell

Tue, May 13, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell
Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Rodney Crowell has had his hands in a lot of musical pies over the years. His songs have been recorded by the top names in American music and he is a Grammy Award-winning musician who is widely known for his contributions to the Americana and Alt-Country genres.

Crowell's first big break came when he caught the ear of Jerry Reed while performing "You Can't Keep Me Here in Tennessee." Two days later, Reed recorded the song after signing Crowell to his publishing company. In 1975, Crowell joined Emmylou Harris' Hot Band as a guitarist and soon became one of her primary songwriters; among the Crowell compositions Harris first popularized were "Till I Gain Control Again," "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," and "Bluebird Wine."

Crowell began producing tracks for Rosanne Cash's debut album in 1979 and a short time later, his songwriting career took full flight when "Leavin' Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" hit number one for the Oak Ridge Boys. Among his other significant compositions were "Till I Gain Control Again" (#1 for Crystal Gayle in 1983), "Shame on the Moon" (Top 5 pop hit for Bob Seger), "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" (#1 for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and "Somewhere Tonight" (#1 for Highway 101). In 1988, Crowell finally broke through commercially on his own with Diamonds & Dirt, a record with an unbroken string of five #1 singles with "It's Such a Small World", "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried," "She's Crazy for Leavin'" (co-written by Guy Clark), "After All This Time," and "Above and Beyond."

In 1997, he formed the Cicadas with longtime backup musicians Stuart Smith, Michael Rhodes, and Vince Santoro. Crowell issued his first album since 1995, The Houston Kid, in 2001. Continuing in the autobiographical vein of that record, he released Fate's Right Hand in 2003, followed by The Outsider in 2005, and Sex and Gasoline in 2008. In 2012, Crowell released the album Kin in collaboration with best-selling memoirist and poet Mary Karr. Produced by Joe Henry, it included musical contributions from Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Chely Wright, and Emmylou Harris on songs Crowell and Karr co-wrote together.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240