Rodney Crowell’s New Release Tarpaper Sky

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 A New Album

Rodney Crowell

April 15 2014 Release Date

New West Records

Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self-produced album.  It comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell’s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.  Prior to that was another collaboration Kin: Songs By Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell which means that the new release will be his first solo venture since the excellent Sex and Gasoline back in 2008.

Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre, making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter and as an artist.

Celebrating forty years of making music, Crowell has created an album that reportedly harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works.  Tarpaper Sky marks a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall sound during the late ‘80s.

According to USA Today, the team that helped create his landmark 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt, which yielded a then-record five consecutive no. 1 country singles, including “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”, “She’s Crazy for Leavin'”and “After All This Time”.  The band on that album included Michael Rhodes on bass, Eddie Bayers on drums and Steuart Smith on guitar.  All return for Tarpaper Sky which will be released on April 15 2014.

“God I’m Missing You” is a touching highlight from the new album.  USA Today reports that:

“”God I’m Missing You” is perhaps the song that most defines my poet/songwriter collaboration with Mary Karr, she being the poet and I the songwriter,” says Crowell, 63.  “The song began its life as a poem Mary was working on that I more or less hijacked, throwing a guitar riff and melody into the mix of what was shaping up to be a lovely poem.  Mary had the line ‘there’s a sanded-down moon’ to which I added ‘in a tarpaper sky’ and — voila! — an album title was born.  Lucinda Williams delivered a breathtaking reading of the song on our album Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, but I couldn’t resist rendering my own version of our most heartbreaking song.”

The full USA Today story can be found here.

Here’s an acoustic version of the beautiful “God I’m Missing You”.

Tarpaper Sky Track List:

  1. The Long Journey Home
  2. Fever On The Bayou
  3. Frankie Please
  4. God I’m Missing You
  5. Famous Last Words of A Fool In Love
  6. Somebody’s Shadow
  7. Grandma Loved That Old Man
  8. Jesus Talk To Mama
  9. I Wouldn’t Be Me Without You
  10. The Flyboy & The Kid
  11. Oh What A Beautiful World
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Author: Rob Dickens

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