Being a newspaper columnist is a strange and beautiful caper. Your world is populated by oddballs and knuckleheads, superheroes and sociopaths. You rub and trade elbows with the up-and-coming and the down-and-out. For the same column, you can be called “the last person with common sense in the city,” and a “tone-deaf curmudgeon.”
Caleb and the Homegrown Tomatoes started as a party band.
But over time, the six-piece band's sound and song writing grew as members blended their musical backgrounds.
Bruce Robison thinks about songs a lot - even compared to other songwriters.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rodney Crowell's tender lyrics about a woman with "hair two shades of foxtail red" in a song that features ex-wife Rosanne Cash makes it an easy leap to assume that he's singing about her. It's not like the thought didn't cross her mind.
"If I'm totally honest," she said. "Yeah, a little bit."
Rodney Crowell, "Close Ties" (New West)
Rodney Crowell was headlining a music festival recently, speaking from the stage to a large, admiring audience, when he confessed with a chuckle that songwriter's block sometimes lasts a decade or more.
At 66, Crowell knows music can be a humbling business, but he has plenty to brag about with "Close Ties."