October 20, 2012
Rodney Crowell, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and artist, brings poetry and earthy tautness to the soundtrack of people in the cracks, carving out lives that matter - if only to themselves and the people they know. Crowell's albums established a benchmark of what was possible in the ground between Ray Price, Hank Williams and the Rolling Stones - Johnny Cash and Elvis. Diamonds & Dirt, considered the definitive album of the new traditionalist movement, was country's first album to yield five #1's. Signaling another artistic watershed, Crowell’s memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, was published by Knopf in January of 2011. Crowell’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Norah Jones.