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Fate's Right Hand

Rodney Crowell

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A quarter-century into his recording career, Rodney Crowell delved deep and came up with a stunning work of art on Fate’s Right Hand (2003). The Texas-born singer/songwriter had enjoyed both commercial success and critical praise — now he was ready to face up to the big questions of life, loss and suffering without worrying about the marketplace. As on 2001’s The Houston Kid, Crowell couches his confessions in country-rock terms, invoking everyone from Roy Orbison to Marty Robbins and the Beatles in his tunes. Aiding him are such Nashville notables as banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, guitarist Richard Bennett and singers Gillian Welch and Kim Richey, among others. Whether he’s updating rockabilly in “This Too Shall Pass,” reworking bluegrass in “Preachin’ To The Choir” or recalling the British Invasion with “Come On Funny Feeling,” his touch is sure. It’s the lyrics, though, that distinguish this album. Songs like “Riding Out The Storm” and “Earthbound” search for hope in a fallen world, painting their themes with sweeping imagery. On “Still Learning How To Fly,” Crowell reveals a rage to live that’s thrilling to hear. By owning up to long-buried fears and dreams, Fate’s Right Hand grabs the listener’s heart.

Customer Reviews

Fate's right hand

No question fate's right hand is the best song on the album all though ther other songs are good too!

What I think.

I think this is the better of the three albums I've downladed(i.e. outsider, fate's right hand, and the houstin kid). Less country than other work if thats what you like. just sample the songs.

Dude, Urfbound as a song

The greatest game ever, except it's a song. What more do you want.

Biography

Born: August 7, 1950 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Rodney Crowell first gained widespread recognition as a leader of the new traditionalist movement of the mid-'80s, he was, in fact, a singer, songwriter, and producer with roots and ambitions extending far beyond the movement's perimeters. Born to a musical family on August 7, 1950 in Houston, Texas, Crowell formed his first band, the Arbitrators, while in high school, and in 1972 moved to...
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