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Tarpaper Sky (2014)

Artist: Rodney Crowell
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Format: CD
Sku: 262101477
UPC: 607396630424
UPC 14: 00607396630424
Release Date: 4/15/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Long Journey Home [For Ben], The
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. Flyboy & The Kid [For Guy], The
11. Oh What a Beautiful World [For John Denver]

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Rodney Crowell (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Shannon McNally (vocals); Steuart Smith (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, organ); Will Kimbrough (acoustic guitar, accordion); Dan Knobler (electric guitar); Steve Fishell (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Fats Kaplan (mandolin); Deanie Richardson (fiddle); Jim Horn (saxophone); Eddie Bayers (piano, drums); John Hobbs, Michael Rojas (piano); Tim Lauer (harmonium, pump organ); Jerry Roe (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
Muze PNote Recording information: Flearoy's House Of No Low End; Sound Emporium; Treasure Isle.
Muze PNote Photographer: David McClister.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Rodney Crowell; Steuart Smith.
Muze PNote Rodney Crowell's last two offerings have been collaborative albums. First was 2011's Kin, an uneven collection written and recorded with novelist Mary Karr; 2013's Old Yellow Moon marked his reunion with Emmylou Harris. It was a decent record, but steeped in nostalgia rather than fresh energy. Tarpaper Sky is a no-nonsense collection of Crowell songs unrestricted by concept, played by the core band from 1988's Diamonds & Dirt--guitarist Steuart Smith, drummer Eddie Bayers and bassist Michael Rhodes--as well friends. Justin Neibank helmed and mixed these sessions; he gets the essence of Crowell's sound perfectly. The standouts tend to be the mid-to uptempo numbers. The opener "The Long Journey Home" references in feel and architecture -- if not anthemic force -- Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender," but it's more empathic and tender than dramatic. "Fever on the Bayou," co-written with Will Jennings, tosses just a touch of Louisiana into Crowell's Texas-cum-Nashville gumbo. "Frankie Please" is raucous modern rockabilly with killer guitar from Smith. It draws from the same untamed root sources that Bob Dylan's "Thunder on the Mountain" does. The rough and tumble honky tonk blues of "Somebody's Shadow," co-written with Quinten Collier, has an uncharacteristic tenor saxophone in its barroom swagger, and it works. "Jesus Talk to Mama" is swinging country rockabilly with Smith's licks adding to its strut and a gospel backing vocal courtesy of Vicki Hampton. "The Flyboy & The Kid" is classic Texas Americana (and dedicated to mentor Guy Clark). The simple melody adorned with accordion, mandolin, Jerry Douglas' dobro, and Bayers' popping snare, underscores an inspired vocal delivering exceptionally poetic lyrics. Among the slower tunes, "Famous Last Words of a Fool in Love," a duet with Shannon McNally reveals that life's twilight may be visible on the horizon, but the present moment is meant to be fully embraced. Likewise, the country waltz "I Wouldn't Be Me Without You" is one of Crowell's finest love songs in years. Themes of of memory and gratitude wind their way through some of Tarpaper Sky 's songs, but they don't frame the album as a whole. This is Crowell at his best: focused, balanced, clever, at times profound. It's a welcome return to form. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Justin Niebank; Rodney Crowell; Steuart Smith

Engineer: Drew Bollman; Donivan Cowart; Justin Niebank; Dan Knobler; Peter Coleman

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Elite Hotel (Expanded & Remastered) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Elvis Songs For Kids!
Muze Music Compilations Vince Gill & Friends
Muze Music Compilations Evangeline Made: A Tribute To Cajun Music
Muze Music Compilations Dressed in Black - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Livin' Lovin' Losin'-Songs Of The Louvin Brothers
Muze Music Compilations Heard It On The X
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Sugar Hill Records:retrospective(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations These Days
Muze Music Compilations Taste Of Texas
Muze Music Compilations Bootleg Vol IV: Soul of Truth
Muze Music Compilations Kin:songs By Mary Karr Rodney Crowe
Muze Music Compilations Johnny Cash Music Festival:2011
Muze Music Compilations Let Us In Americana:music/paul Mccart
Muze Music Compilations Big E:salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy
Muze Music Compilations Country Hits Since The 80s:box Set Se
Muze Music Compilations Roots Of Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Cajun

Associated Artists and Works

Old Yellow Moon [Digipak] ~ Harris, Emmylou
The Traveling Kind [Slipcase] ~ Harris, Emmylou
Karr, Mary
Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell ~ Karr, Mary

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/14/2014
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : NW 6304
Music Label Name Label : New West (Record Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00607396630424

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The tunes are a panorama of Crowell's favoured styles, from roadhouse rockabilly to heart-tugging ballad, a touch of the blues and gospel jubilation rounding it out."

Paste (magazine)
- "Crowell opens with 'The Long Journey Home,' lofting his pleasantly weathered voice into soaring harmonies on a road song with plenty of long straightaways."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Crowell,Rodney
Product attributeLabel:   New West
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