In his new album, Close Ties, Crowell demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter, illustrating how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication and his profound musical reach. It’s at once his most intimate recording and his most accessible. A product of years of understanding the way a song can enter - and be entered by - life.
The album features “It Ain’t Over Yet” a vocal collaboration between Crowell, his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and John Paul White awarded “Best Song of the Year” at the Americana Music Association’s 2017 Honours & Awards.
The rise of Americana music struck a nerve with him. "I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all of the people who represent it - Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell - share a common thread, and that thread is poet. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favour of a singular vision. Which resonates with me."
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