Rodney Crowell
Close Ties

On his new album, Close Ties, Rodney Crowell both demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. It is at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter—and be entered by—life. Co-produced by Jordan Lehning and Kim Buie, the album features a duet with Sheryl Crow on the haunting “I’m Tied To Ya,” as well as a vocal collaboration with Crowell's ex-wife Rosanne Cash and John Paul White on the lead single “It Ain’t Over Yet." Upon release, Close Ties debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, as well as at #5 on Americana/Folk Albums and #8 on Top Country Current Albums. 

“There's no doubt that Crowell was an architect of Americana as we know it, and with Close Ties, we're fortunate to have a look at his blueprints.” NPR Music

“...energizing, engaging and often fascinating.” The Wall Street Journal

"It's his first album in more than three years, which might seem like a decade to Crowell, but the set ranks among his best." Associated Press

“[Close Ties] collects his nuanced personal reflections with the intimate, literary sophistication that has been a hallmark of the Houston-born tunesmith's work since the early Seventies.” Rolling Stone Country

“...exceptional…” Los Angeles Times

“...wise, vulnerable and fearless in the truth.” Paste

“Whether he’ll accept it or not, he’s now assumed the mantle of the late Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, two poets who could zero in on our emotions by telling wry, straight-as-an-arrow stories about the desiccated desolation of the failures or triumphs of relationships, or the battered denizens of small towns searching for truth, comfort, love, or refuge in their own halting ways.” No Depression

“Close Ties shows that it's possible to be an experienced professional and still make music that's emotionally urgent and immediate; it's also a reminder that Rodney Crowell was and remains a talent to be reckoned with, and this album shows he's a long, long way from used up.” AllMusic

“...Crowell’s brutally honest musings on his life and loves is a case-study that makes the reflective Close Ties a poignant and emotionally affecting portrait of one of American music’s most captivating, talented and honest artists.” American Songwriter

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