CLOSE TIES (2017)
RODNEY CROWELL GARNERS 2018 GRAMMY NOMINATION for close ties single
“IT AIN’T OVER YET,” FEATURING ROSANNE CASH & JOHN PAUL WHITE, NOMINATED FOR “BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG”
Rodney Crowell’s “It Ain’t Over Yet,” from his recent album Close Ties, is included in the “Best American Roots Song” category for the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. The song is a vocal collaboration between Crowell, his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and John Paul White, of which CMT praises, “Never has a song more brilliantly and emotionally captured the journey of a man at a crossroads in his life.” Rolling Stone Country premiered the Reid Long-directed video for the song (seen HERE) stating, “The evocative lyrics call to mind the two-tone, punked-out cover image from Cash’s 1985 LP Rhythm and Romance, which preceded Crowell’s mainstream country breakthrough of five consecutive Number One hits from 1988’s Diamonds & Dirt and the subsequent collapse of the couple’s marriage.” Close Ties is available now via New West Records. Winners from each category will be announced at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony that will be held on January 28, 2018.
A multi-GRAMMY Award winner, Rodney Crowell has written or recorded 15 #1 songs on the country music charts throughout his successful career, with cuts by country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait) to current country chart toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban) to blues icons (Etta James) to rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). He recently received the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards and has won five Americana Music Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2009 as well as Song of the Year in 2017 for “It Ain’t Over Yet.” Close Ties was released this past March to widespread acclaim with NPR Music stating, “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.” The Wall Street Journal raves, “[Close Ties] proves energizing, engaging and often fascinating;” and the Associated Press adds, “...the set ranks among his best.” The Los Angeles Times calls it “exceptional,” while No Depression notes, “Whether he’ll accept it or not, [Crowell has] 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.” Crowell has announced tour dates for 2018, which include performances on the Outlaw Country Cruise in January followed by a solo acoustic tour with Tommy Emmanuel. Please see below for full tour details.