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Rodney Crowell Collaborates in Texas

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Rodney Crowell – New Release ‘Texas’ Out August 15

New Song “Flatland Hillbilly” Out Now

Grammy-winning artist Rodney Crowell teams up with fellow Texan Randy Rogers in the official video for his new track “Flatland Hillbillies”.

Written by Crowell and his frequent co-writer Mary Karr (New York Times best-selling memoirist and author of The Liars Club), the jangling country tune features backing vocals by Rogers and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack.  Here it is:

“Flatland Hillbillies” is part of Crowell’s upcoming collaboration album Texas, which explores the celebrated artist’s Lone Star roots with an eclectic cast of all-star friends. Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Vince Gill and Steve Earle also contribute to the set, which places twangy two steppers alongside hard-driving blues rockers, quirky spoken-word compositions and more – each brought to life by Crowell’s famously sharp, vivid storytelling and authentic vernacular.

Texas is due out August 15 (on RC1 Records), and Crowell returns to the road on August 2 for a run of coast-to-coast tour dates – including an August 10 stop in Carthage, Texas, where he’ll be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

On August 21, Crowell will be the recipient of the ACM Poet’s Award at the 2019 ACM Honors hosted at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  The award pays homage to his incomparable musical and lyrical contributions throughout his decades-long career.

Rodney Crowell’s TEXAS track listing:

1. “Flatland Hillbillies” (featuring  Lee Ann Womack & Randy Rogers)

2. “Caw Caw Blues”  (featuring Vince Gill)

3. “56 Fury” (featuring Billy F Gibbons)

4. “Deep In the Heart of Uncertain Texas” (featuring Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack)

5. “You’re Only Happy When You’re Miserable” (featuring Ringo Starr)

6. “I’ll Show Me”

7. “What You Gonna Do Now” (featuring Lyle Lovett)

8. “The Border”

9. “Treetop Slim & Billy Lowgrass”

10. “Brown & Root, Brown & Root” (featuring Steve Earle)

11. “Texas Drought Part 1” 

About Rodney Crowell:

With more than forty years of American roots music under his belt, Texas native Rodney Crowell is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five number one hits of his own and a legacy of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more. He has also penned songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks, and teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell in 2012, with Karr saying of her collaborator, “Like Hank Williams or Townes Van Zandt or Miss Lucinda, he writes and croons with a poet’s economy and a well digger’s deep heart.”

Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2017, and that same year released the album Close Ties, which spawned another Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White in the category of Best Americana Song. In 2018, he opened his own record label, RC1, and released his Acoustic Classic project.

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2 Comments

  1. We love Rodney Crowell. …and how about the talent bank surrounding him?
    Rob Wallace

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    • Yes Rob! He is one of my favourite songwriters and it’s nice to see him hark back to his Texas roots. Some great talent to help him out, that’s so true!

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