Rodney J. Crowell | City Winery | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Aug. 8, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $28-$30, $35 for VIP
Rodney Crowell has never been a household name outside the country-music scene, but the importance of his work—beginning with his enlistment into Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band in 1975 and continuing through much of the 80s with his solo work—is tough to overestimate. According to his fascinating and addictively readable 2011 memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, he began playing drums at age 11, backing up his dad—a hard-drinking Hank Williams wannabe—in honky-tonks around the Houston area. His early education in classic country and rockabilly carried over into his professional career, offsetting and reinforcing the pop instincts he flexed on early albums such as Ain’t Living Long Like This and But What Will the Neighbors Think, which exemplified the genre’s coked-out late-70s period. Earlier this year Crowell and Harris reunited on the album Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch), and the two make as good a team as they did back in the day, this time supported by the kind of casual virtuosity that comes with several decades of intensely hard work. —Miles Raymer



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