Singer-songwriter, record producer
Rodney Crowell (born August 7, 1950) is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs, all from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt. He has also written songs and produced...Wikipedia
Born: 7th August, 1950, Houston, Texas, USA
Height: Height Unknown
Ain't Living Long Like This is the title of the first album of American country music artist Rodney Crowell. It was released in 1978 (see 1978 in country music) by Warner Bros. Records. It failed to enter the Top Country Albums chart. The songs, "Elvira", "Baby Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down" and "(Now and Then, There's) A Fool Such as I" were released as singles but they all failed to chart within the top 40. Despite this, Ain't Living Long Like This is considered one Crowell's best and most influential albums. Brett Hartenbach of Allmusic says it "not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer". Most of the songs on this album were later covered by other artists including The Oak Ridge Boys and Alan Jackson. When the album was re-released in 2002 the font on the cover was enlarged to make it more legible.
He has a band, with Vince Gill, called the `Notorious Cherry Bombs`.
He wrote and recorded "Making Memories of Us". Written for his wife Claudia, and recorded by both Rodney with the `Notorious Cherry Bombs`, and Keith Urban - who released it as a single, which became a #1 hit - "Memories" has become a romantic song favored by many.
A record breaking rivalry begins.
A fading country music star comes into conflict with a rising teen star.
and I innocently hit an electric commercial streak, writing some songs and making some music that was just an exploration of a particular moment in my creative path but struck a chord in the country part of the culture at the time. Unfortunately for me, it sent me into a bit of self-consciousness where I sort of abandoned the patience and started thinking, `Oh, I`ve made money for these people, now I`ve got to make more money for them.` The funny thing about me is I was twisted enough that I didn`t think about the money I was making for myself. I come from a lack of privilege, post-Depression era people, and we would never presume that we possessed the worthiness to strike it rich on our own. So it sent me into trying to write hits, and it`s not my favorite time of my -- would you call it a legacy? -- my career. That`s the point where I got self-conscious, and self-consciousness is the enemy of good art. You`ve got to come from the innocent, subconsciously clear place.
[And how did he recover the patience that allowed him to await the arrival of songs for his 21st century trio of brilliant, contemplative, philosophical and socially conscious albums?] I just walked away from [the commercial career] and let it dismantle itself, ... I bit the bullet and crossed over that threshold to the realization that I may not be a big star in this thing. Maybe my path is something else. So I just started driving my kids to school and looking out after them. I stumbled onto a fantastic woman and built a relationship and became more solid inside myself and went back to work with a different mind-set, which is to please myself, because it`s the only way I can be original.