Sat 28 Jul

MusicRodney Crowell supported by Matt McGinn

In association with David Hull Promotions

Rodney Crowell has been doing ‘this’ for a while. His career has been so long and varied that anyone would have to specify exactly which ‘this’ they are talking about. His record-making, dating back to 1978, when he released Ain’t Living Long Like This, peaked commercially a decade later with Diamonds & Dirt, yielding five number-one country hits. Crowell’s songwriting has grown in sophistication and power in recent years, with his fiercely lyrical and personal songwriting attracting the attention of everyone from Bob Seger, who famously covered "Shame On the Moon", to Keith Urban, with his number-one hit "Making Memories of Us". His autobiographical writing extends beyond the music world to a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, published in 2011.

Close Ties

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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Sat 28 Jul
19:30 to 22:00



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