Rodney Crowell Describes Recording New Album 'Texas' As a 'Joyous' Process

Rodney Crowell channeled his musical upbringing in the Lone Star State on his latest album, fittingly titled Texas.


“It’s a gift to be able to create.' - RodneyJCrowell Read what he had to say about recording his new album Texas .

Rodney Crowell channeled his musical upbringing in the Lone Star State on his latest album, fittingly titled Texas .

were written or co-written by Crowell. Several songs on the project were penned in the ‘70s, including an early favorite of Earle’s called “Brown & Root, Brown & Root” that he began covering in his sets in the 1980s. The last song Crowell wrote with Clark ahead of his death in 2016 was the blues-fueled “Caw Caw Blues,” now featuring Gill, while another of their co-writes on the project include the jazz-infused “I’ll Show Me.”

that means the most to him; in fact, he says his soft spot would be for the entire album rather than one particular track.

“It made it carefree and made it where, with the help of these guests, we were identifying a geographical part of this country that’s also cultural and in some ways spiritual,” he says. “Where I grew up, people loved music. If it wasn’t in a dance hall or somewhere publicly, then it was, ‘Move the furniture out of the way and let’s play music and dance.’”

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