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Masterpiece from Outside the Mainstream

Rodney Crowell’s latest release The Houston Kid leans toward rock, and even more so to folk than it does to the ethics of Nashville’s Music Row. Rodney Crowell’s journey through his younger days growing up poor in “the shadow of the Astrodome” with an alcoholic, abusive father and a long-suffering mother is one of the finest song-cycles of innocence and experience ever recorded. At the age of 52, Crowell has abandoned the mainstream country trimmings that propelled his 1988 smash Diamonds and Dirt and made a gloss-free, raw collection of detailed narratives that is on par with the best works of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed.

“This is the culmination of the things I’ve been working toward … and it’s not what’s happening in today’s country music,” Crowell said in a recent press release. “I am an American singer/songwriter … This is the story of what shaped me.”

  • Rodney Crowell will be performing tonight in Bradenton at The Neel Auditorium. For tickets/info call 941 752-5252.