Wednesday, June 18 | 7:00 p.m.
Summer 2014 Concert Series
sponsored in part by:
Opening act: Will Kimbrough
Born in Houston, Texas, GRAMMY-winning songwriter, producer, and artist Rodney Crowell brings poetry and earthy tautness to his compositions. His songwriting led him to Nashville, where Emmylou Harris heard the young writer’s songs. It was only a matter of time before Crowell struck out on his own, producing Rosanne Cash’s seminal Seven Year Ache, which marked a new wave in country music and provided hits for Bob Seger, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Waylon Jennings, and Crystal Gayle, among others.
Crowell’s own albums established a benchmark of what was possible in the ground between Ray Price, Hank Williams, and the Rolling Stones to Johnny Cash and Elvis. Diamonds & Dirt, considered the definitive album of the new traditionalist movement, was country’s first album to yield five number-one hits. His acclaimed autobiographical album, The Houston Kid, marked a landmark for Crowell as he broke free from the constraints of writing songs for commercial radio, shifting his focus instead to crafting and recording music that reflected a new chapter in his life and career.Back to Concerts