Monday, April 21, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Rodney Crowell
Album:The Rodney Crowell Collection
Rodney Crowell is classified as a country singer songwriter but is probably a cross of country and rock. I would classify him as similar to Texas singer songwriters like Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt. He had some success as a recording artist in the 80s. This comp covers his early recordings. He was born Aug. 7, 1950 in Houston. He moved to Nashville in 1972. While performing in a club in 1975, he was spotted by Jerry Reed and signed a publishing contract. Then he moved to Los Angeles to join Emmylou Harris' Hot Band as guitarist and chief songwriter. He left in 1978 To form The Cherry Bombs with Vince Gill and signed with Warner Bros. Meanwhile, he met and married Rosanne Cash and started producing her records. This comp covers his Warners recordings. Old Pipeliner is from his 1981 album Rodney Crowell and features Booker T. Jones on organ along with Vince Gill & Albert Lee on guitar. The song was originally recorded by Red Stovall in 1970. Crowell would have even more success when he moved to Columbia in the mid 80s and there is a comp for those recordings. Crowell & Cash divorced in 1991 and he continued to record. He formed The Cicadas in 1997, married singer Claudia Church in 1999 and produced her album. He reformed The Cherry Bombs in 2004 and Crowell's latest CD The Outsider was released in 2005 on Columbia. His music straddles country and rock and he's worth checking out. Here's Rodney Crowell with Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris & Albert Lee performing Old Pipeliner on the 80s TV show In Session.