Steve Earle, "Guy" (New West Records)
Guy Clark was one of Steve Earle's main mentors— Townes Van Zandt, the other — and Earle has honored the brilliant songwriter, who died in 2016,...
Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on ‘Time Flies’
Jim Lauderdale, "Time Flies" (Yep Roc)
Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace.
Being prolific, however, would not mean much if Lauderdale's songwriting and singing weren't as consistently great as "Time Flies" once again demonstrates.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If the term "outlaw country" evokes images of Willie Nelson's hippie braids or Waylon Jennings' "Honky Tonk Heroes," then you'll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
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Rodney Crowell has a few ‘Close Ties’ to share with Cleveland (concert preview)
Rodney Crowell has a few 'Close Ties' to share with Cleveland (concert preview)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A catchy melody, a snazzy riff or a driving beat can give a song life, but only the beauty of the language can give it immortality.
Rodney Crowell, who returns to Northeast Ohio for a show at the intimate Music Box Supper Club on Saturday, April 14, understands that.
It's true that there are exceptions – classical music, jazz and such – but for a troubadour like Crowell, it's words, words, words.
Review: Tom Jones among artists singing Elmore James’ blues
Various Artists, "Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James" (Sylvan Songs)
Elmore James has been dead 54 years, and the blues aren't doing too well either. This lively tribute album gives both a boost.
The fan base for the kind of music James performed may be shrinking, but the parade of talent on "Strange Angels" shows there's still a lot of love for the blues among contemporary musicians.
Rodney Crowell, Kelsea Ballerini honored by ASCAP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriters Rodney Crowell and Kelsea Ballerini and hit country songwriter Ashley Gorley were honored at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.
Review: Star-studded lineup celebrates Kris Kristofferson
Various artists, "The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson" (Blackbird)
A star-studded lineup — including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Lady Antebellum — performs a live tribute to one of country music's transformative singer-songwriters.
Rodney Crowell cancels tour due to unspecified health issues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer songwriter and producer Rodney Crowell is cancelling all of his remaining 2017 tour dates due to unspecified health issues.
In a statement on his website posted Wednesday, Crowell said a team of doctors has advised him to rest and that for the foreseeable future, "my work will consist of quietly encouraging my body to return to its natural state."
Van Morrison, Graham Nash to perform at Americana Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Van Morrison, Graham Nash, John Prine, the Drive-by Truckers and The Lumineers will perform on the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 13.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer Sturgill Simpson leads the Americana Honors and Awards nominees with three nominations, including album, artist and song of the year.
The Americana Music Association announced the nominees Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The 16th annual awards show will be held Sept. 13 at the Ryman Auditorium.
Rodney Crowell: ‘I’m not cut out for mainstream stardom’
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."
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