New album TEXAS out now!

Get the brand new album from Rodney Crowell now! CLICK HERE to purchase, stream and download.

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”  

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Preorder TEXAS Now!

Rodney’s new TEXAS album is now available to pre-order, and comes with a TEXAS-sized bundle of limited-edition items that you won’t want to miss! Pre-orders include signed CD or vinyl, a five postcard collection, a retro pin set and a TEXAS demos EP.

CLICK HERE to order the bundle and stream the new single “Flatland Hillbillies” now! 

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New Album "TEXAS" Out August 15th, 2019!

RODNEY CROWELL Enlists All-Star Cast for TEXAS, a Lone Star-Centric Album of Collaborations 
Out August 15th

New Project Features Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr 
and More

Crowell To Host Special Show Celebrating Texas Heritage On SiriusXM's Outlaw Country 
To Air Release Week

   

Nashville, Tenn. (April 11, 2019) – Grammy winner RODNEY CROWELL explores his Lone Star roots with an eclectic cast of all-star friends on TEXAS, his adventurous new album of collaborations due August 15th on his own imprint, RC1 Records distributed by Orchard Music.  Crowell will be celebrating the album’s release by returning to SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel to host a special show devoted to his Texas heritage that will air multiple times during release week.

Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more, the 11 tracks on TEXAS represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana’s finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends.

“For the last few years, I’d been writing Texas-centric songs and revisiting some of my tunes from as far back as the mid-seventies,” Crowell explains. “Last year, I started referring to the collection of songs as the TEXAS album.”

Crowell had it in mind to record one of the album’s tracks with Texas native Steve Earle, he says, and had also intended to work with fellow Houstonian and ZZ Top front man Billy F Gibbons for years. But after finally setting dates to get those projects done, the list of guest performers grew … and grew. 

“Interestingly it all started with Ringo Starr who, through a mutual friend, let me know he was keen to record a track,” Crowell says. “Before I knew it, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Randy Rogers, Lyle Lovett and Vince Gill had climbed on board. Ray Kennedy and I took hold of the production reins, enlisted a cast of bad ass musicians and voilá, TEXAS was born. Man, was it a fun record to make.”

Twangy two steppers stand alongside hard-driving blues rockers and dusty cowboy ballads, sharing time with windblown prairie gems, quirky spoken-word compositions and historically-charged singalongs. Each one is defined by Crowell’s famously sharp, vivid storytelling and authentic vernacular, with collaborators like Rogers counting themselves lucky to be along for the ride.

“I have to admit, my heart almost stopped when I got this phone call from Rodney,” says Rogers. “There are really not words to explain how honored I am. He is a true legend to all of us who dream of playing our songs for people who care.” 

"I love to work with people who are the best at what they do," shares Womack. "Singing with Rodney is like a master class from one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time."

On August 10, Crowell will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, TX.

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”  

Jordan Fann
WHAT TO DO ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?

For middle class artists such as myself, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become indispensable marketing tools. I’ve been grateful for these formats providing the opportunity to engage, one-on-one, and as a group, with a broad spectrum of people who are inclined, for their own reasons, to support my artistic endeavors.  

However, as I’ve tried to comprehend whether or not Facebook’s chief executive and operating officer have any real understanding of how to steer such a sprawling juggernaut through the truth-challenged-cyberscape of global ideology, I’ve been unable to shake the feeling that they simply lack the will.

Nothing I’ve read online or seen on cable news ventures to guess whether it’s even possible for Facebook to voluntarily police such an extraordinarily far-flung enterprise. Even if Mark Zuckerberg’s moral compass was lost in the aftermath of such an inconceivably large windfall - one can only imagine the learning curve that comes with hitting a Lotto of that size - turning a blind eye to Russian interference in our democratic process is, for me, profoundly troubling. Tack onto this the question of our personal data being pirated by tech giants all over the world and, in terms of moral decency, the Internet is looking more and more like the Wild West on virtual steroids. And perhaps because of a lack of substantial public outcry, our lawmakers appear unwilling to challenge the tech giants with anything resembling legislation. All of which set me to thinking that I have a moral responsibility to take conscientious stock of the Facebook platform and my use of it.  

A few days ago, I sat in on the first marketing meeting for a new Rodney Crowell album set to be released in late summer. I opened the discussion with these two questions: how can we promote the album without Facebook? And can we create our own Internet platform for the purpose of communicating with fans and followers? The answer was this: “if you want to stay in business, we can’t.” The marketing team validated my concerns about Facebook’s executives but went on to explain, that, like it or not, Facebook is the reigning information super highway and its fastest growing demographic is the baby boomer crowd---consumers who buy books, cds and vinyl records. In other words, the people I want to reach.

Many boomers, they continued, are just now finding their way onto the Internet and would be reluctant to follow me onto a new platform. The team asked that I consider this: both good and bad intentions exist on any heavily trafficked pathway and isn’t the music I make best served by utilizing Facebook’s positive potential. All of which, from a marketing point of view, made perfect sense. Even so, I wasn’t entirely convinced. Later on, Joanne Gardner put it this way: turning your back on eighty-plus thousand people who support your artistry just because the world is full of dirt-bags would be a damn shame. Which is the clarification that resonated most.

In the interest of full disclosure, I can honestly say that I feel a protective loyalty toward the folks who buy my records and concert tickets—which results in my striving to do the best work I can. But it is also important to acknowledge that I run a relatively small entertainment business and need all the help I can get. And so, with these things said, until such a time that we all reassess the Internet and social media’s shadowy downside, despite my misgivings, and ironically commencing with this message, my team will continue using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

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Yours as ever,

Rodney

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Rolling Stone Premiers "Christmas Everywhere" Music Video

After much anticipation the “Christmas Everywhere” music video was premiered yesterday on both Rolling Stone and Rolling Stone Country Homepage.

Rodney Crowell’s nutty-as-a-fruitcake video for “Christmas Everywhere,” the title cut from his wholly original holiday release, is chock full of seasonal nostalgia even as it plays out like a chaotic, curdled egg nog-induced fever dream. Co-written by Crowell with acclaimed gypsy jazz guitarist John Jorgenson the tune, which also features the Mavericks’ Eddie Perez on guitar and album producer Dan Knobler on bass, is set to a giddy Western swing beat with lyrics that celebrate the ubiquitous, often dizzying nature of the season.

The video features a cast that includes Crowell’s daughter, grandchildren, son-in-law, and Deadwood actor W. Earl Brown as Santa Claus, and the entire clip was shot in Crowell’s garage with exquisitely detailed vintage set design by another of Crowell’s family members, his wife.

‘Luck cast a broad smile on the title track of Christmas Everywhere,” Crowell tells Rolling Stone Country, “when esteemed film director Tom Kreuger teamed up with set designer Claudia Church to produce a no-holds-barred video clip [with] a cast of fun-loving middle-Tennessee thespians. The post-shoot clean-up is still in progress.”

Two minutes into the video, as the room is engulfed in feathers, falling like snow from a Nor’easter, singer Lera Lynn appears out of thin air and proceeds to sit on Santa’s lap. As the kiddies settle in for what sounds like it’ll be a sweet, romantic wish from the sultry singer, she asks the big man for “a time machine that I could ride/ back to the day John Lennon died,” reasoning that she could use it to stop the musician’s assassin, thereby altering the course of history. The odd but deeply moving interlude then gives way to whirling, swirling holiday revelry as the Christmas chaos resumes.

In celebration of Christmas Everywhere, Crowell will join Vince Gill and Amy Grant for the couple’s unprecedented twelve-night “Christmas at the Ryman” series of shows at the Nashville landmark. The concerts begin Wednesday, November 28th, and will run through December 21st.

Christmas Everywhere is now available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and on vinyl via New West Records.

Check out the article written on Rolling Stone.

Hannah Sutherland