First single, “Something Has To Change,” out Today,
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Rodney Crowell will release his 18th studio album, Triage, on July 23, 2021. Today he releases the first single, “Something Has To Change”, along with a video for the song. The video was directed by filmmaker/musician Haroula Rose and was shot at Castle Recording Studios in Franklin, TN. View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP3pu7e_xz8
Rodney will appear exclusively on prestigious new music show, The Whispering Bobcast this evening(Tuesday May 11) at 8pm, where he will chat with Bob Harris OBE about Triage and introduce the brand-new video for first single ““Something Has To Change”.
The album will be Rodney’s third on his own imprint, RC1, and is his first with Thirty Tigers. A writer known for the universal and literary quality of his writing, Triage is a departure, a revealing album that Rodney has called his most personal to date. This is no small statement from such a prolific and acclaimed musician: Rodney has won numerous awards, including two GRAMMY’s and six Americana Music Association Awards as well as their Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter award. This last accolade resonates deeply with a man who has stacked up fifteen number one hits including 6 of his own, and dozens of others for an impressively diverse array of artists including Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, Etta James, Grateful Dead and many more.
This new collection of songs was written during the great political, climate and economic upheaval that has marked recent years. The noise of that chaos encouraged the songwriter to go inside for solace and answers. The result is this series of songs that contend with these themes but approach them from a place of healing love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.
Triage producer, Dan Kobler, recounts the process:
“On December 1st, 2019 Rodney and I began to work on a group of new songs. In fits and starts, the process of refinement, reconstruction, and realization took us through the new year and into this new era of isolation.
Seven out of ten songs started with a band in a room at my studio, Goosehead Palace. With Rodney on an assortment of vintage Gibson acoustic guitars, one crew consisted of Steuart Smith (guitar), Larry Klein (bass), and John Jarvis (piano) – the other Audley Freed (guitar) and Lex Price (bass) – both anchored by Jerry Roe (drums). Later, Jen Gunderman and Kai Welch came in and coaxed sounds out of analog keyboards; Rory Hoffman played harmonica; Eamon McLoughlin and David Henry fashioned a string section out of a fiddle and cello; I added guitars and synths and organs; Wendy Moten, Tanya Hancheroff, Ruth Moody and John Paul White lent their singular voices in harmony.
When the pandemic set in, some version of the record was near completion. But with Rodney’s tour schedule wiped clean, he found himself quarantined with his wife, Claudia, two dogs, and a pen and paper. More songs presented themselves. Old songs were discarded. New and improved verses came more clearly into view. Masked up, he returned to the studio to re-record new lyrics and lay down the framework for three more songs. Two were sent around to various friends for remote collaboration: Greg Morrow, Joe Robinson, Michael Rhodes, Kai Welch, Kris Donegan, Catherine Marx, Craig Young and Ray Mason; the third was sent to its co-writer John Leventhal who built a world of acoustic instruments and familial voices.
Not a moment of this album is unconsidered. Time and time again the question was asked: does each word, each note, every instrument and sonic choice serve its song? Is each song in service of the spirit of Universal Love? If not, it had to go. The result is a piece of work both Rodney and I take immense pride in.”
In the U.S., Rodney will be appearing on TalkShopLive on Friday, May 14 at 7pmEST to talk about Triage and will tour extensively through the summer and autumn.
Rodney Crowell On Tour in the U.S., plus Gstaad Country Music Festival in Switzerland
May 27 in Savannah, GA @ Savannah Music Festival – SOLD OUT
July 27 in Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre?
July 29 in Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
July 30 in Austin, TX @ The 04 Center
July 31 in Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
August 19 in Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
August 20 in Decatur, AL @ Princess Theatre Center For The Performing Arts
August 21 in Oak Ridge, TN @ A.K. Bissell Par
August 22 in Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage at The Culture Center Theater
September 10&11 in Gstaad, Switzerland @ Country Night Music Festival
October 8 in Boothbay Harbor, ME @ Opera House
October 9 in Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
October 10 in Boston, MA @ City Winery
October 12 in Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
October 14 in New York, NY @ City Winery
October 15 in Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery
October 16 in Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
October 17 in Hopewell, VA @ The Beacon Theatre
October 27&28 in Franklin, TN @ Franklin Theatre
November 6 in Menomonie, WI @ Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
November 10 in Stoughton, WI @ Opera House SOLD OUT
November 11 in Chicago, IL @ City Winery
November 12 in Grand Rapids, MI @ St. Cecilia Music Center
February 25-March 3 Outlaw Country Cruise in Belize and Mexico – SOLD OUT
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