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Christmas Everywhere (2018)

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Praise for Christmas Everywhere

“Fifty years removed from his days as a teen playing in Houston garage bands, the six-time Americana Honors & Awards winner has returned to release arguably one of the most introspective recordings of his storied career.” Billboard Magazine

"Crowell conjures a collection both wryly whimsical and devastatingly sincere."  Uncut Magazine

“One of Americana music’s most astute singer-songwriters applies his well-honed wit and observational prowess to a dozen original songs that mine the full spectrum of emotions that go with the season like tinsel and garland, coal and stockings. Healthy doses of humor sit side-by-side with sincerity in this smartly conceived, engagingly executed holiday song cycle.” The Los Angeles Times

"There are more than enough recorded renditions of the season’s standard repertoire, from ‘Silent Night’ to ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.’ So it’s a Christmas blessing that Rodney Crowell has opted for all-original material on his first album celebrating the holiday." The Associated Press

"Rodney Crowell delivers a wonderfully playful salute to the excesses, loneliness, and misplaced magic of the season in his sardonic and satiric Christmas Everywhere." No Depression

"The master songwriter sets his earnest eye on the holiday season, with his wry wit and astute observations." No Depression


CLOSE TIES (2017)

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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.


“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 Magazine

“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


PREMIERES

NPR Music First Listen

Rolling Stone Country – "It Ain't Over Yet" Video Premiere

CMT – "East Houston Blues" Premiere

Paste Magazine – "Nashville 1972" Video Premiere

Billboard Magazine – "I'm Tied To Ya" Premiere + Feature

"BEST OF 2017" ACCOLADES

NPR Music – "The 100 Best Songs Of 2017"

Rolling Stone – "40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017"

Wide Open Country – "25 Best Albums of 2017"

USA Today – "Nashville's Best Albums of 2017 (so far)"

UPROXX – "Unmissable Country Albums From 2017 So Far"

Innocent Words – "Favorite Full Length Albums of 2017"

FEATURES

Associated Press – "For Crowell, Music Is A Commitment That Deepened With Time"

Rolling Stone Country – "Rodney Crowell on 'Sh-tty' Songs, Growing Old and New Album 'Close Ties'"

CMT – "Rodney Crowell Talks Close Ties and Nashville in 1972"

Huffington Post – "Rodney Crowell: It Ain’t Over Yet"

The Boot – "Rodney Crowell Crafts a Musical Memoir With ‘Close Ties’"

Houston Chronicle – "Uncovering Past Shines Light on the Present"

The Tennessean – "Rodney Crowell Looks Back On 'Close Ties'"

Reverb – "Rodney Crowell On His Pre–War Gibsons and the Imposing Presence of Townes Van Zandt"

Texas Monthly – "Rodney Crowell on Growing up in Houston, His Rise in Nashville, and Writing Honest Songs"

AXS – "Five Must-See Legends at the 2017 Americana Music Festival"

APPEARANCES/SESSIONS

WNYC Soundcheck Session

The Bluegrass Situation 'Sitch Session'

AP TV Interview

AXS Video Interview

ALBUM REVIEWS

Associated PressWall Street JournalMother JonesAmerican SongwriterLos Angeles TimesPaste MagazineAllMusicPopMattersNo DepressionChicago ReaderVintage GuitarLone Star Music MagazineGlide MagazineElmore MagazineSlant MagazineMxdwnSaving Country MusicInk 19


Tour Dates


CONTACTS

Management: Vector

Lisa Jenkins – ljenkins@vectormgmt.com

Press: New West Records

Brady Brock – bradybrock@newwestrecords.com

Radio: New West Records

Joel Habbeshaw – joel@newwestrecords.com