Best American Roots Song
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present celebrated Americana and country music songwriter-artist Rodney Crowell with its prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2016, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, November 6.
ASCAP President Paul Williams said: “Rodney Crowell is one of the most treasured voices in American music. For decades, whether writing #1 country hits and collaborating with some of the world’s top artists, or exploring his own musical soul in rich, literary detail, he has crafted a brilliant body of work marked by powerful intimacy, epic scope and profound insight into the human experience. He is a masterful storyteller and musician who continues to elevate the songwriters’ art, and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award.”
The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young, among others.
Multi-Grammy Award winning troubadour Rodney Crowell’s “It Ain’t Over Yet” was awarded “Best Song of the Year” at the Americana Music Association’s 2017 Honors & Awards last night. The vocal collaboration between Crowell, his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and John Paul White is featured on his critically acclaimed album Close Ties which was released March 31st of this year via New West Records. Rolling Stone Country premiered the Reid Long-directed video for the song, which also features legendary harmonica player Mickey Raphael and can be seen HERE. The Nashville Scene called the song “a folky shuffle about not quitting even if you feel like you have nothing left to offer. The elegantly crafted song takes the form of a conversation...and it’s one gem among many on Crowell’s album Close Ties.” Rolling Stone stated “The evocative lyrics call to mind the two-tone, punked-out cover image from Cash’s 1985 LP Rhythm and Romance, which preceded Crowell’s mainstream country breakthrough of five consecutive Number One hits from 1988’s Diamonds & Dirt and the subsequent collapse of the couple’s marriage.”
Crowell, who was unable to attend the event, offers “I’m very happy that ‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ was recognized last night and saddened that I wasn’t there to express my gratitude to the Americana Music Association.”
In September 2016, during the Americana high holiday in Nashville, Third Man Records partnered with Luck Reunion (with a little help from YETI Coolers, Lagunitas, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka) to bring together artists of the folk persuasion. For five days, artists set up in the parlor room of the pop-up "Luck Mansion" in East Nashville to perform, record, and in some cases, pen two songs for Third Man Records engineers to record immediately, after just a few hours of preparation, press onto 7”s, and ultimately bring to the masses. Documenting spontaneous creative collaborations before they are put through any sort of industry machine line was the goal.
John Paul White and Rodney Crowell performed Crowell's "The Girl On The Street" as well as one of three original tunes penned for the Luck Mansion Sessions, "Don't Think That I Can't Feel You When You're Gone." About the new song, John Paul White says, "It's the first song we attempted to write.. It gave us both an excuse to sit down and write a song. It was literally the only times we've ever played those songs. We didn't rehearse them ahead of time, we didn't work out harmony parts and guitar parts... you pretty much captured all of that process."
"Don't Think That I Can't Feel You When You're Gone" is White and Crowell's first co-write, but not the first collaboration for the pair. White joined Rosanne Cash on vocals for the song "It Ain't Over Yet" off Crowell's 2017 release Close Ties (New West). The song and the record have been nominated by the American Music Association in the categories of Song and Album of the Year.
Pre-Order "The Girl On The Street" b/w "Don't Think that I Can't Feel You When You're Gone" here via Third Man Records.
I am proud to learn that the Americana Music Association will include in this year’s award ceremony the work my collaborators and I were able to achieve in the making of the album Close Ties.
To be mentioned alongside the exceedingly accomplished list of finalists is the best an artist can hope for.
It is an honor I do not take lightly.
The new album, Close Ties, is now available everywhere fine music is sold.