Rodney Crowell Has More Songs Ready After “Tarpaper Sky”

Singer/songwriter’s latest follows Grammy-winning “Old Yellow Moon” with Emmylou Harris.

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Rodney Crowell’s latest album, Tarpaper Sky, marks the veteran songwriter’s return to solo recording, following a fruitful period of collaborations. Out of that came KIN, his record with poet Mary Karr and a host of folk music luminaries, and Old Yellow Moon, the Grammy-winning album with his friend Emmylou Harris.

But working on Tarpaper Sky, Rodney returned to songs he had begun writing in 2010. “When I came back to finish it up, I had written some songs,” he says. “I had a new batch of songs I had accrued over that time period.”

Ever the savvy songwriter, Rodney recognized that some of his new creations weren’t necessarily right for the eclectic Tarpaper Sky with its retro tunes like “Frankie Please.” “What happened was, the first time I came back to finish Tarpaper Sky I got pretty close to the right things to finish it up and then I had a couple new songs. So I went and recorded them and they really are good songs and I can’t wait for them to be out, but they didn’t fit. Which is a good problem to have, but man, I got a couple songs I wish you could hear.”

Read more with Rodney in the April 28 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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