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Rodney Crowell is that rare country music artist who’s remained true to the sounds that excited him as a kid and who's managed to keep his commercial credentials within the industry—he’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and a GRAMMY® winner. 2014’s Tarpaper Sky follows two collaborative albums: 2011’s Kin with novelist Mary Karr and 2013’s Old Yellow Moon with fellow country legend Emmylou Harris. Yet here, Crowell is still collaborating in a sense. The album was largely recorded live in a room without headphones with an illustrious small band consisting of bassist Michael Rhodes, drummer Eddie Bayers, and guitarist Steuart Smith. The intimacy of “God I’m Missing You” and “I Wouldn’t Be Me Without You” suggest not a dry eye in the room by each song's end. With the jacked-up rhythms on the Will Jennings cowrite “Fever on the Bayou,” you might hear the ghost of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya.” “The Long Journey Home” hits on a type of Americana country-rock that never goes out of style. 

Customer Reviews

Instant classic

Tarpaper Sky melds the sounds of Rodney's early classics with the energy and wisdom of his current hits.

Rodney is a Genius

Love this album from America's most underrated songwriter.

Rodney Rocks It

Rodney rocks the country again. If you like Crowell, you’ll love Tarpaper Sky. Classic stuff from this Texas Twanger.


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 Nashville to become a professional musician. There, he struck up friendships with singer/songwriters Townes...
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