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June 13, 2014

By Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

June 13--To listen to Rodney Crowell speak about his upcoming projects is like hearing a "who's who" in music.

"I've got something else planned with Emmylou (Harris)," he says during a recent interview. "Then I may go work with Vince (Gill) again."

And to think his new project, "Tarpaper Sky," got pushed back because he worked with Harris on "Old Yellow Moon" in 2013 and "Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell" in 2012.

"Those projects were moving faster than my own," he quips. "I had to take which one was rolling faster and just go with it."

For his performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Grammy Award winner will be playing the majority of his new album.

For "Tarpaper Sky," he assembled most of the players who'd graced his 1988 breakthrough album "Diamonds & Dirt" for an old-school recording session. The album spawned all of Crowell's No. 1 songs.

Together in one room, the musicians recorded live-to-tape, sharing ideas and developing arrangements as a group in 2010.

After the band regrouped and it was all pulled together, Crowell realized he had something special.

"The album title is a toss to the rickety house with a bad roof that I grew up in back in Houston," he says. "It really inspired me all these years later."

Crowell says over the course of his decades long career, his touring style hasn't changed much. He continues to write on a daily basis, taking in all of his surroundings.

"My biggest creative contributions are the landscapes I've seen," he says. "When I was in my 20s, I would get bursts of inspiration and sometimes it flew away. Now I have to work harder to get inspired. As a young man, inspiration is a gift and as you get older, you must earn it."

Rodney Crowell

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17

WHERE: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe

HOW MUCH: $35-$45 at or 505-988-1234


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