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June 16, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
The country-music industry has Rodney Crowell pegged as a born-again twanger, but that has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. Crowell got "born again" in April, when the Academy of Country Music dubbed him the best new male country singer of 1988. Crowell, who plays Sunday at the Coach House, certainly was worthy of some kind of recognition: His 1988 album, "Diamonds & Dirt," is an excellent record that has spun off four No. 1 country singles. It's just that "Diamonds & Dirt" was the fifth album by the Houston, Tex., native, whose recording career, dating back to 1978, was hardly born yesterday.
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January 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Americana Music Assn.'s annual Grammy eve show at the Troubadour has rapidly turned into a must-see event for roots-music aficionados. This year's concert tonight quickly sold out and took on an added emotional dimension as it was quickly framed as a tribute to the Everly Brothers, particularly Phil Everly, who died on Jan. 3 at 74 . Some of those scheduled to venture out to West Hollywood to take part are Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell (who...
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January 20, 2011 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Longtime musical compadres Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell bring their first full-blown duet project, “Old Yellow Moon,” to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, where they'll be just a hop, skip and a jump from the hills of Coldwater Canyon where they first spent quality time together while both were aspiring country rock musicians plying the clubs of L.A. “Old Yellow Moon” not only brings the two respected singers and songwriters together for...
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June 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Longtime musical compadres Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell bring their first full-blown duet project, “Old Yellow Moon,” to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, where they'll be just a hop, skip and a jump from the hills of Coldwater Canyon where they first spent quality time together while both were aspiring country rock musicians plying the clubs of L.A. “Old Yellow Moon” not only brings the two respected singers and songwriters together for...
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February 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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March 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 20, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
Rodney Crowell's long wait for mainstream country stardom must have been difficult. For years he watched others find success with his songs and produced hits for his wife, Rosanne Cash, while his own efforts were appreciated by such a loyal few that, after a 12-year solo career, the Academy of Country Music recently named him "best new male country singer." But all that waiting works to Crowell's advantage now, giving him one of the richest catalogues in country music to draw from.
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January 7, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to five (a classic)
Now that the country music Establishment has granted official recognition of Crowell's right to exist via a "Top New Male Artist" award, he is spared the burden of "proving" himself and has gone back to simply being one of the most insightful songwriters of the last two decades. And since he isn't striving so hard to win rock radio airplay, as he did for a good portion of the '80s, the result is an unforced, deceptively natural display of writing and singing.
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April 1, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
' Can I have your autograph ?' he said, To the fat, blond actress. Y'know, I know everything you've done; Anyway, I hate divorces. --From "New Age" by the Velvet Underground * Rodney Crowell isn't fat, blond or an over-the-hill thespian, but one suspects he can relate to the protagonist of that old Velvets classic, whose fans know more about her intimate life than she might prefer. The song's author, Lou Reed, later put out an album called "Growing Up in Public."
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April 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Southern Californians who missed Vampire Weekend at Coachella over the last two weekends will get another chance to see the New York indie-pop band before long. On Sept. 28, Vampire Weekend is to play the Hollywood Bowl, the venerable outdoor venue announced Monday, adding to a summer season that already includes shows by She & Him with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (on June 23), Damian & Stephen Marley (on June 30) and Diana Ross (on Aug. 3). Tickets for the concert -- which will also feature Beirut, the globe-tripping gypsy-folk band led by singer-songwriter Zach Condon -- go on sale May 4. Following closely on its Coachella appearances, Vampire Weekend is set to release a new studio album, "Modern Vampires of the City," on May 14. The disc was recorded partly in L.A. with producer Ariel Rechtshaid and serves as the anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Contra," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Look for a feature on Vampire Weekend in Calendar in the coming weeks, and listen to "Step," from the new album, below.
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March 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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January 29, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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January 20, 2011 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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August 25, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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 ?
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March 31, 1991 | CHRIS WILLMAN, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
A re you and Rodney OK? That's the question Rosanne Cash's mother called to ask after hearing her daughter's latest album "Interiors," a chronicle of pain and depression that has the raw, intimate quality of a personal journal. The album comes complete with several numbers spookily descriptive of grown-up marital woes. And Cash's husband of more than a decade, fellow Nashville singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, was presumed to be a pivotal character in this unflinchingly downbeat material.
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April 3, 1993 | NOEL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Based on major lifetime stress factors, the past three years should have sent country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell into the danger zone. His 18-year marriage to Rosanne Cash ended last year. His two most recent albums, 1989's "Keys to the Highway" and last year's "Life Is Messy," failed to achieve the gold album status (for sales of over 500,000) of his 1988 breakthrough album, "Diamonds and Dirt." Beyond that, Crowell dissolved his band and fired his manager and publicist.
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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.
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September 2, 2008 | Mikael Wood; Randy Lewis; Jeff Weiss
New Kids on the Block "The Block" Interscope . . On their first album since 1994, the thirtysomething members of New Kids on the Block make remarkably little attempt to conceal their ages. There's one song called "Grown Man," for example, and there's another in which the hook goes, "I'm a big boy / You're a big girl now." "The Block" even ends with a bit of in-the-studio chatter between Donnie Wahlberg and one of his children -- not the most efficient way of distracting us from the fact that these backstreet boys are well on their way to becoming middle-aged men. (On the other hand, the album does include a track called "Sexify My Love," which is certainly a mistake nobody over the age of 16 should make.
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