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Close TiesRodney Crowell's new album, Close Ties, demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. Close Ties is at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter-and be entered by-life. "It's a loose concept album, you could say," Crowell says. "And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative-especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing-had become a part of my songwriting process."
Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies. The rise of Americana music has struck a nerve with Crowell. "I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It's a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it-Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell-share a common thread, and that thread is poetry. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me." There is also a powerful undercurrent of the blues running through the record. "Recently, I think-I hope-that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it's Lightnin' Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I'm trying to move forward but also get back there."1. East Houston Blues
3. Life Without Susanna
4. It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
5. I Don't Care Anymore
6. I'm Tied To Ya' (feat. Sheryl Crow)
7. Forgive Me Annabelle
8. Forty Miles From Nowhere
9. Storm Warning
10. Nashville 1972$24.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tarpaper SkyEsteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has
teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky,
his new self-produced album. It comes fast on the heels of Old
Yellow Moon, Crowell's critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou
Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013
Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
Crowell has pushed the boundaries of country, folk and roots music
since long before the term Americana was coined as a genre,
making a name for himself and gaining respect as both a songwriter
and as an artist. Celebrating 40 years of making music, Crowell
has created an album that harkens back to some of his most
revered and loved works. Tarpaper Sky would sit comfortably on
the shelf right between the chart-topping fan favorite Diamonds
and Dirt (1988) and Life is Messy (1992). This album marks
a reunion of the creative partnership of Crowell and musical
accomplice Steuart Smith, who was an integral part of his overall
sound during the late '80s.1. The Long Journey Home
2. Fever On The Bayou
3. Frankie Please
4. God I'm Missing You
5. Famous Last Words Of A Fool In Love
6. Somebody's Shadow
7. Grandma Loved That Old Man
8. Jesus Talk To Mama
9. I Wouldn't Be Me Without You
10. The Flyboy & The Kid
11. Oh What A Beautiful World$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-1974xEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
The Traveling KindThe Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends' first duet album, 2013's Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including No Memories Hanging Around as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams' I Just Wanted to See You So Bad and Amy Allison's Her Hair Was Red.
Of the project, Harris comments, In the words of Willie Nelson, 'The life I love is making music with my friends,' and there's no better friend for me to make music with than Rodney. I can't wait to get out there on the road with him and play the songs from this new record.
Crowell adds, Emmy and I wrote six of the eleven songs on The Traveling Kind, which was recorded in a six-day span with our Glory Band, Steuart Smith, and Billy Payne. Joe Henry was at the helm as producer and Justin Neibank did the recording. The experience was pretty much akin to falling off a log.1. The Traveling Kind
2. No Memories Hanging Round
3. Bring It On Home to Memphis
4. You Can't Say We Didn't Try
5. The Weight of the World
6. Higher Mountains
7. I Just Wanted to See You So Bad
8. Just Pleasing You
9. If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now
10. Her Hair Was Red
11. Le Danse de la Joie$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Light Of The Stable
180-Gram Black Vinyl, Pressed At RTI.
Package Is Recreation Of Original 1979 Warner Bros. Release On Heavy Board Jacket Printed At Stoughton.
Mastered By Ron McMaster At Capitol Mastering.
Light of the Stable debuted in 1979, with a title track featuring backing vocals from Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. The sublime Rodney Crowell-penned Angel Eyes, composed specially for this album, features Rick Skaggs on mandolin and Skaggs and Willie Nelson on vocal harmony, and is just one of many highlights. This radiant acoustic masterpiece-graced throughout with the presence of stellar guests--features both contemporary and traditional gems.1. Christmas Time's A Coming
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Away In A Manger
4. Angel Eyes (angel Eyes)
5. The First Noel
6. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Golden Cradle
9. Silent Night
10. Light Of The Stable$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King's Record ShopThe 30th Anniversary of King's Record Shop is on 12 180-gram vinyl.
Originally released through Columbia Records on June 26, 1987, King's Record Shop proved a pivotal album in the career of Rosanne Cash and in the emergence of Americana as an heir to traditional country music. After working on a series of albums which contained singles introducing a new wave/pop sound to America's country charts, producer Rodney Crowell shifted gears on King's Record Shop to bring a more roots-oriented, contemporary folk approach to the genre.
One of the most critically-acclaimed albums of Cash's discography, King's Record Shop generated four #1 hits on the Billboard Country charts: her covers of Johnny Cash's (her father's) Tennessee Flat Top Box, John Hiatt's The Way We Make a Broken Heart, and John Stewart's Runaway Train as well as If You Change Your Mind, a song she'd co-written with steel guitar player Hank DeVito (who shot the photos used on the iconic front cover of King's Record Shop).1. Rosie Strike Back
2. The Way We Make A Broken Heart
3. If You Change Your Mind
4. The Real Me
5. Somewhere Sometime
6. Runaway Train
7. Tennessee Flat-Top Box
8. I Don't Have To Crawl
9. Green, Yellow And Red
10. Why Don't You Quit Leaving Me Alone$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dublin BluesAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Dublin Blues is an album by American singer-songwriter Guy Clark, originally released in 1995.
A mere three years after Boats to Build, Guy Clark offered Dublin Blues, a record filled with sizzle, inspiration, and his
best batch of songs in years. Teaming with Miles Wilkinson for the third time and using in the studio for the first time
his road band -- which included Über guitarist and singer Darrell Scott -- Clark delivered a batch of searing portraits,
intimate observations, first-person narratives, and one dumb throwaway cut ("Baby Took A Limo to Memphis").
As usual, some old friends return to the fold -- Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Verlon Thompson, Kenny
Malone, and Suzy Ragsdale -- but there were new faces at the time that joined in like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Nanci
Griffith, and Kathy Mattea.
The magic begins with the title track. Haunted Celtic melodies played on the fiddle and a mandolin with an acoustic
guitar usher in a country song that could be from the countryside of Ireland. With Mattea on the backing vocals,
the listener is transported between worlds in time and space. "Black Diamond Strings" is a friendly little number
about what else: guitar strings! Its catchy hook and singalong chorus make it a Clark winner. "Shut Up and Talk to
Me" features Scott playing the swinging blues as Clark counts off the music like a fierce memory. "Stuff That Works"
is another of Clark's quiet observation tunes, where his words speak volumes and the instruments underline their
meanings. It's a workingman's anthem sung seemingly from the workshop bench. But "Hank Williams Said It Best,"
"Tryin' to Try," "Cape," and "Hangin' Your Life on the Wall" are all tremendous in their scope and intimacy. They are
full of dimension and depth, and Wilkinson gives them textures.
The set ends with a re-recording of the spooky yet shattering elegy "The Randall Knife" Clark cut on Better Days. The
difference here is age. The view Clark sings from is one of distance and age. "The Randall Knife" doesn't feel quite
so spooky this time out, but it does resonate with empathy and even tenderness. As it winds to a close, the listener
is left not in bewildered silence but in awe that such a bond exists at all.1. Dublin Blues
2. Black Diamond Strings
3. Shut Up And Talk To Me
4. Stuff That Works
5. Hank Williams Said It Best
6. The Cape
7. Baby Took a Limo to Memphis
8. Tryin' To Try
9. Hangin' Your Life On The Wall
10. The Randall Knife$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From The Archives Of 650 AM WSM Volume OneFull-Length Album Of WSM In-Studio Performances
Album Includes Live Performances from Billy Dean, Rodney Crowell, The Del McCoury Band, Mark Wills, The Grascals, The Time Jumpers And More!
For the first time in its illustrious 87 year history, 650 AM WSM is releasing a compilation volume of live, in-station performances by world renowned artists and writers.
650 AM WSM, the iconic radio home of the legendary Grand Ole Opry - "The show that made country music famous" - has played a significant part in shaping the history of Country Music and these performances, collectively represent what the station brand is all about. A brand that is loved and respected by millions of true music fans all over the world.
LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES features a heartfelt introduction from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, and rolls into live, one of a kind performances by some of the biggest songwriters and artists of our time including JD Souther, Rodney Crowell and Vince himself. This one-of-a-kind project begins and ends with Reba McEntire's emotional induction of long-time WSM announcer Ralph Emery into the National Radio Hall Of Fame.
A station with such historical value as WSM, should have great moments not only preserved but shared with fans all around the world, says WSM Program Director and the album's Executive Producer, Joe Limardi.1. Introduction by Vince Gill - Vince Gill
2. Ralph Emery's National Radio Hall of Fame Induction: Part 1 - Ralph Emery & Reba McEntire
3. Nineteen Somethin' - Mark Wills
4. Stand By Your Man - Georgette Jones
5. Hello Lonely - Del McCoury Band
6. We Just Disagree - Billy Dean
7. Jesus Take The Wheel - Hillary Lindsey
8. Two Dozen Roses - Marty Raybon
9. It's a Great Day to Be Alive - Darrell Scott
10. Girlfriend Tonight - Elizabeth Cook
11. Together Again - The Time Jumpers
12. Last Train To Clarksville - The Grascals
13. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight - Rodney Crowell
14. Would You Go with Me - Shawn Camp
15. New Kid in Town - JD Souther
16. Ralph Emery's National Radio Hall of Fame Induction: Part 2 - Ralph Emery & Reba McEntire$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Favorite Picture Of YouAs one of the most revered songwriters of his generation, Clark embodies the term "songwriter's songwriter." The simplicity of the recording shines brightly while capturing Clark's beautifully understated and road worn vocals. Clark co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks on My Favorite Picture Of You and dug very deep for each performance on this truly inspired collection.
The album's heartfelt title track was written for Susanna Clark, Guy's wife of 40 years, and a successful songwriter in her own right, who passed away in 2012. If a picture says a thousand words, then the cover photo of My Favorite Picture Of You declares an entire life. The cover depicts Clark, slightly blurred in the background, holding up an old photo of his beloved from the 1970s. According to Clark, Susanna walked in and found he and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt drunk, again. She stormed out of the house, which is when the Polaroid was taken.
The song is a loving tribute that melts your heart while making you smile. As a master songwriter, Guy Clark has always made us smile by infusing his wry wit into thoughtful storytelling.
Clark's vocals on My Favorite Picture Of You exude truth, wisdom and warmth, only touching on the insight he has gained from an extraordinary life. From the delicate sweetness of "Cornmeal Waltz" to the poignant story of the veteran returned a changed man in "Heroes" to the determined "Hell Bent On A Heartache," Clark delivers a standout album in a four-decade career overflowing with high points.
In 2004, Guy Clark was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and in 2013, he received the Academy of Country Music's Poet's Award, along with Hank Williams. However, Clark's multiple Grammy Award nominations and accolades merely hint at the immeasurable impact his songs and recordings have had. He has been a mentor to artists such as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell and his songs have been covered by a multitude of artists, including Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, David Allen Coe, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet, Asleep At The Wheel and many others. After 40 years of songwriting, Guy Clark continues to be lauded and admired by his peers, critics and artists young and old from different genres...and he is not done yet.1. Cornmeal Waltz
2. My Favorite Picture Of You
3. Hell Bent On A Heartache
4. El Coyote
6. Rain In Durango
7. Good Advice
8. The Death Of Sis Draper
9. The Waltzing Fool
10. The High Price Of Inspiration
11. I'll Show Me$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Workbench SongsAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Offered here for the first time ever on vinyl, Workbench Songs was originally released on CD in 2006. It represented Guy Clark's 10th studio release and continued his legacy as one of the most critically acclaimed Texas songsmith's of our time. The Austin American Statesman had this to say of the 2006 release:
Guy Clark dominates the discussion with his opinion on Townes Van Zandt whenever it comes to talking about who is the one plus ultra Texas songwriter. He has a point, of course, but if Townes is No. 1, Clark is No. 1A. Workbench Songs goes a mighty long way to proving that true. It's not just another collection of his finely crafted songs, his first for a new label. It's one of the best albums of his career. What's continually amazing about Clark is his ability to capture a sweeping range of emotions and everyday occurrences in song, from joy and pain to roadhouse rambunctious and Mexicans visiting Graceland, with exquisite simplicity and captivating lucidity. Here his co-writers are the best of their ilk, Rodney Crowell, Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott, Lee Roy Parnell, and longtime collaborator Verlon Thompson, but there's also a chilling version of Van Zandt's "No Lonesome Tune," perhaps to demonstrate his point. Songs like Celtic flavored set opener, "Walkin' Man," the comically breezy "Tornado Time in Texas," and the universally recognizable scene set in "Out in the Parkin' Lot" stand out on a collection that may be from the workbench but is nowhere near workmanlike.1. Walkin' Man
3. Tornado Time In Texas
4. Funny Bone
6. Out In The Parkin' Lot
7. Lonesome Tune
8. Cinco De Mayo In Memphis
9. Analog Girl
10. Worry B Gone
11. Diamond Joe$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
An Americana ChristmasThe first ever Americana Christmas compilation pulling together the best Americana holiday songs by the genre's biggest artists. The collection features brand new recordings from Americana music icons Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and Luther Dickinson. It also collects classic holiday songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Band, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Bright Eyes, John Prine, Ben Keith with Neil and Pegi Young and more.(TBD / Unsequenced)
1. Christmas Makes Me Sad (Rodney Crowell)
2. Little Town of Bethlehem (Buddy & Julie Miller)
3. Hark the Angels Sing (Luther Dickinson)
4. Here It Is Christmas Time (Old '97s)
5. Les Trois Clohes (Ben Keith with Neil and Pegi Young)
6. Away In the Manger (Bright Eyes)
7. The Gifts He Gave (Johnny Cash)
8. Run Run Rudolph (Dwight Yoakam)
9. The First Noel (Emmylou Harris)
10. Christmas Must Be Tonight (The Band)
11. Everything Is Cool (John Prine)
12. It Must Be Santa (Bob Dylan)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old No. 1Guy Clark's debut from 1975 is one of the all time classic country singer-songwriter records. By the time of its release the Texas native had been shopping his tunes in Nashville for a few years and the songs from Old No. 1 were already well aged and often covered. Regardless, though Clark considers himself more a songwriter than a recording artist, nobody holds a candle to these performances. From the rollicking Texas swing of opener Rita Ballou to the finger picked heartbreak of closer Let Him Roll there is not a stinker to be found. Features help from Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and a young Steve Earle.1. Rita Ballou
2. L.A. Freeway
3. She Ain't Goin' Nowhere
4. A Nickel For the Fiddler
5. That Old Time Feeling
6. Texas, 1947
7. Desperados Waiting For A Train
8. Like A Coat From the Cold
9. Instant Coffee Blues
10. Let Him Roll$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From Austin, TX (Waylon Jennings)On-the-air since 1976, Austin City Limits has featured more than 500 different regional and internationally acclaimed artists on its stage, presenting the best of America's music from country, blues and folk to rock 'n' roll, bluegrass and zydeco.
Recorded on April 1, 1989 this performance by Waylon Jennings was no April Fools joke. This was the "new" Waylon, both personally and professionally. He had kicked a 20-year drug habit, split with RCA and signed a new deal with MCA Records.
He discovered a passion for songwriting, teamed with legendary producer Jimmy Bowen, and produced some of the best work of his 30-year-plus career. This ACL live set best captures the raw edge and driving urgency that pushed country music way past its Nashville boundaries starting in the mid-1970's.
Includes Waylon's definitive takes on Rodney Crowell's Ain't Living Long Like This, Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds with wife Jessi Colter and Kris Kristoferson's Me and Bobby McGee along with his own classics Bob Wills Is Still the King and Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.1. I'm A Ramblin' Man
2. Rainy Day Woman
4. I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)
6. Me and Bobby McGee
7. Trouble Man
8. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
9. Good Ol' Boys (Theme From Dukes of Hazzard)
10. Bob Wills Is Still The King
11. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
12. Suspicious Minds
13. Honky Tony Angels
14. Good Hearted Woman
15. I've Always Been Crazy
16. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics of Love)
17. I Ain't Living Long Like This$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Press OnJune Carter Cash has lived a charmed life: as a child member of her name-sake kin, The Carter Family, late-night duets with Elvis Presley, a movie appearance with Robert Duvall, romance with James Dean, and a Grammy Award-winning performing and songwriting career with her husband Johnny Cash.
But, to hear her sing such moving hymns as Diamonds in the Rough is to enjoy the holy, country hospitality of a simple countrywoman of a pure and spiritual heart. On Press On are other such gems as a touching, acoustic version of Ring of Fire, which June co-wrote. Throughout this album, June plays the Autoharp, a type of strummed dulcimer that lends a light, bouncy feel to these pieces that often contain no traditional rhythm section. She displays a worldly sensibility on such folk-rock numbers as the bitter Losin You and humor mixed with wisdom in Tiffany Anastasia Lowe,a song for her granddaughter, the child of daughter Carlene Carter and husband Nick Lowe. June concludes this warm and personal release as she began it, with a moving spiritual rendition of her familys standard, Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Press On was originally released in 1999 on the tiny Risk Records label. The album immediately garnered tremendous press accolades, culminating with a Grammy award that year. Risk Records went under shortly after release and Press On has been out of print ever since. Dualtone is proud to make this album available on vinyl for the very first time. Press On features guest performances from Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell and Norman Blake.Side 1.
1. Diamonds In The Rough
2. Ring Of Fire
3. The Far Side Banks Of Jordan
4. Losin You
5. Gatsbys Restaurant
6. Wings Of Angels
7. The L&N Dont Stop Here Anymore
1. Once Before I Die
2. I Used To Be Somebody
3. Tall Lover Man
4. Tiffany Anastasia Lowe
5. Meeting In The Air
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AnchorsFeaturing Special Guest Sheryl Crow On Little Bit Of Rust
"I hit a wall," says Will Hoge. "I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I had to figure out what was next."
For Hoge, what came next was a quest to reclaim the joy and the magic that had drawn him to music in the first place. He let his band go and hit the road for roughly a year of solo shows, crisscrossing the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard. He felt rejuvenated by the freedom and began writing material that reenergized him, that made him feel like a kid falling in love with rock and roll all over again. Those songs ignited a dormant flame somewhere deep within his soul, and now they form the bulk of Anchors, his strongest and most nuanced album to date.
Recorded with an all-star band comprised of drummer Jerry Roe (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Darius Rucker), bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Wanda Jackson), and guitarists Brad Rice (Son Volt, Ryan Adams) and Thom Donovan (Lapush, Ruby Amanfu), the album is a prime showcase for Hoge's soaring, gritty vocals, as well as his remarkable gift for crafting complex characters with real emotional depth and plainspoken profundity. Over the course of eleven tracks (including one with special guest Sheryl Crow), Hoge weaves elements of vintage country, literate folk, and heartland rock into a passionate, genre-busting masterpiece, one that offers an unflinching portrait of the messy challenges of adulthood and the ways in which we persevere (or don't) through hard times.
Beginning with the release of his acclaimed 2001 debut, Carousel, Hoge established himself as a masterful songwriter and performer as well as a critical favorite, with Rolling Stone comparing him to Bob Seger and John Mellencamp and NPR praising his "sharp, smart, passionate rock 'n' roll that seems to exist out of time." He built up a loyal fanbase the old fashioned way, maintaining a steady studio output and a relentless touring schedule of more than 200 shows a year, including bills with the likes of My Morning Jacket, the Black Crowes, and Drive-By Truckers, in addition to festival slots from Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits. In 2012, the Eli Young Band hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart with their Platinum-selling recording of Hoge's song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," earning Hoge nominations for CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY Awards. Soon he was performing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to The Late Show with David Letterman, his music was soundtracking a high-profile Chevy truck campaign, and he'd signed a major publishing deal.
When the inspiration ran dry, though, Hoge took a gamble on himself and walked away from it all in order to pursue the kind of art that truly moved him, to make something that mattered. If Anchors is any indication, it was a safe bet indeed.1. The Reckoning
2. This Grand Charade
3. Little Bit of Rust (feat. Sheryl Crow)
4. Cold Night in Santa Fe
5. Baby's Eyes
6. This Ain't An Original Sin
7. Through Missing You
9. Angels Wings
11. Young As We Will Ever Be$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now