Rodney Crowell w/Jedd Hughes at Harvester Performance Center
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Rodney Crowell has been doing this for a while. In fact, his career has been so long and varied that you have to specify exactly which this you’re talking about. There’s the record-making, which dates back to 1978 (when he released Ain’t Living Long Like This), peaked commercially a decade later (with Diamonds & Dirt, which yielded five number-one country hits), and has only grown in sophistication and power in recent years. There’s the fiercely lyrical and personal songwriting, which has attracted the attention of everyone from Bob Seger (who famously covered “Shame On the Moon”) to Keith Urban (who had a number-one hit with “Making Memories of Us”). And then there’s the autobiographical writing, which extends beyond the music world to a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, which was published in 2011.
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. “Recently, I think—I hope—that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. With that in mind, I’m trying to move forward but also get back there.”
For tickets and more information visit harvester-music.com or 484-GUITARS (484-8277).