Rodney Crowell

KCP Presents

Rodney Crowell

Friday, September 21st @ 7PM

Fuller Hall | St. Johnsbury Academy | St Johnsbury VT

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Combining careers as a country songwriter, producer and artist, two-time Grammy winner Rodney Crowell rose to fame during the 1980s as an influential figure in Nashville’s new breed of country traditionalists, along with Emmylou Harris, in whose Hot Band he worked for three years, playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony and duet vocals.

Crowell has maintained a prolific output well into the 200’s, with his most recent Grammy coming in 2014. He has performed and collaborated with his former wife, Rosanne Cash and with musicians including Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, Willie Nelson. and fellow songwriters like Guy Clark. Crowell’s songs have been performed by Bob Seger, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Crystal Gayle, Alan Jackson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jewel, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, and others. Crowell was admitted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

As he moves into elder-statesman territory, Crowell continues to extend the path carved out by the top-tier songwriters who preceded him. "All are so important," he said. "Bob Dylan would of course be an archetype, as would Neil Young, Johnny Cash, John Lennon. Every time they release work I find something in it." He would add a name to the pantheon. "Kris Kristofferson belongs in there, too. He personifies all that intelligence and emotional vulnerability and magnetism.”

Fifty years after Crowell first started playing as a teen in Houston garage bands, he still believes in the power of songs, and the responsibility of singing them. "The interesting thing about that garage band back then is that we would go from ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by the Beatles to ‘Honky Tonkin’’ by Hank Williams. In southeast Texas those songs fit side by side.

"Recently, I think—I hope—that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it’s Lightnin’ Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I’m trying to move forward but also get back there."

“His sharpest, strongest, funniest music in years—perhaps ever. A bounty of weathered emotion and hard-won wisdom” — Slant Magazine