March 3, 2013 |
There's close to 40 years' worth of symmetry on "Old Yellow Moon," the new album from longtime friends and country-rock trailblazers Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Though it's taken until now for them to make their first full album as duet partners, the singers started out as a couple of unknowns who came together in the vibrant music scene of 1970s Los Angeles. "At one point it was just me and Rodney - two lead singers and two rhythm guitar players - sitting on the floor working up things like 'Sweet Dreams' and all these country songs, waiting for the band to show up," Harris, 65, said recently over lunch in Los Angeles with Crowell.
February 10, 2013 |
The phrase “and friends” rises to a whole new level when it's attached to the names of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, who turned their joint appearance Saturday night at the Troubadour into an all-star Grammy Awards eve celebration of the overlapping worlds of Americana music, traditional folk and progressive country. “We're going to win a Grammy just for this night,” Crowell said with a broad smile midway through the show at which he and longtime friend and connoisseur of great songwriting, Harris, were joined by Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, the Zac Brown Band, J.D. Souther, Damien Rice, Joan Osborne, Shannon McNally, John Fullbright and Shawn Camp.
January 29, 2013 |
For many native Angelenos like Gail Samuel, summertime concerts at the Hollywood Bowl are a Southern California ritual as eagerly anticipated as the opening-day bite of a Dodger Dog. This year Samuel will be taking her lifelong Bowl-going habit to a new level in her recently appointed role as chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which spends its summers at the Bowl. Her programming prescription for the venue, Samuel said, will hew closely to the Bowl's decades-old philosophy.
January 20, 2011 |
Rodney Crowell has conducted a respectable if unspectacular career as a progressive country jack-of-all-trades, writing, performing and producing commercial hits and critically respected works for himself and such collaborators as Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash. The revelation of Crowell's new memoir is that this seemingly stable adult emerged from a childhood awash in abuse and violence. In his debut as an author, he labors hard to explain that transformation, scouring the rocky landscape of his early years in search of keys and clues.
August 25, 2010 |
When it comes to cannily delivering a punch line, neither Russell Brand nor Jay Leno has anything on singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash. Arriving at New York hospital about four years ago for brain surgery to relieve long-misdiagnosed chronic pain, a nurse asked her what she was in for. "Liposuction," Cash deadpanned. "Her eyes grew wide, and she froze," Cash writes in her new book, "Composed: A Memoir. " "I could see her mentally running through the list of possible consequences of her misunderstanding: disciplinary board hearings, lawsuits, job loss ?
January 10, 2009
The two recent articles showcasing upcoming music releases in 2009 greatly shortchanged veteran acts everywhere ["Forward Thinking," by August Brown, Dec. 31, and "Dig New Sounds? Then Listen Up," pop music staff, Jan. 1]. Much of 2008's best music was provided by artists such as Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, Aimee Mann, Rick Springfield, Pretenders, The Motels, Lindsey Buckingham and Rodney Crowell. What do all these acts have in common? They've been recording for 15 years or more.