I was late learning about Rodney Crowell. I knew his songs, I just didn’t hear them from him. I heard others sing them and have big hits with them. Ironically, Making Memories of us has been covered by two Aussies: Keith Urban and Brett Clarke. Bob Seger had a huge hit with Shame on The Moon, Tim McGraw had a big hit with Please Remember Me and so forth.
I was a big fan of Rosanne Cash, and knew that she had been married to a bloke called Rodney Crowell, but that was all that I knew…..and of course, Johnny would then be his father in law. They have since divorced and moved on but remain friends and have enormous respect for each other’s work. So that was my first intro to Rodney Crowell and then, like a movie fan scrolls the credits after a movie, I began seeing all the songs that he had written on my albums of other artists. In the late 90’s, I did a library technician’s course in Newcastle and I borrowed a heap of great cds from the library there, including an album of Rodney Crowell’s, and the real lessons were learned.
I was fortunate enough to see Rodney, not so long ago with Emmylou Harris and that was just awesome.
As you go through the titles here, apart from the new one “Tennessee Wedding” which he wrote for his youngest daughter’s wedding,(from his son-in-law’s perspective) – you will notice the hits…. when you hear them you will say, I know that song.
I am always a fan of acoustic versions of songs. There is nothing more natural and raw than hearing music in its most pure form. If you have the other albums with these songs on them, it is still very much worth your while to buy this album, because the songs are delivered in such an earthy, real way. It is like hearing some of them in a brand new way, some of them are similar to the originals.
Rodney was struck down with a pretty awful illness last year and he had to stop touring for a while. He had time to think about this project which is kind of a best of but the songs are reworked, similar to the way that Kristofferson’s Austin Sessions delivered.
For us mellowed out, ballad loving country music fans, this is a delicious treat. Like an all day dessert. I have always loved I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried and After All This Time. They sound even better on this. Please Remember Me and Making Memories of Us are fabulous songs. They are all fantastic.
I have already listened to this album half a dozen times and it is just so easy to listen to. It is like honey flowing onto a crumpet, mixing with the butter.
I have heard this phrase spoken by a lot of musicians lately, but it is very true in the case of Rodney Crowell….these are songs that I wish that I had written.
This is a real charmer. One for the ages.
2. “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight
3. “Anything But Tame”
4. “Making Memories of Us”
5. “Lovin’ All Night”
6. “Shame on the Moon Redux”
7. “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried””
8. “She’s Crazy for Leaving”
9. “After All This Time”
10. “Tennessee Wedding”
11. “Ain’t Living Long Like This”
12. “Please Remember Me”