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Rodney Crowell [Americana Series]

“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

OA logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Rodney Crowell to the South on Main stage! This is the first show in their 2017-18 Concert Series, as well as the first concert of the Americana Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Acura.

Acura logoAdditional season partners include Chris Harkins of Raymond James, J. Mark & Christy Davis, UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, Arkansas Arts Council, ACANSA Arts Festival, Capital Hotel, Rosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.

The Rodney Crowell concert is sold out at this time. Please check at the doors on the night of the show for possible availability beginning at 6:00 PM. Tickets are available via (or by calling 800-293-5949), and are $30 (General Admission), $40 (Reserved), and $42 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.

Texas-born and Nashville-based, Rodney Crowell has enjoyed a successful career in country and folk over the past four decades. Crowell’s 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt produced five consecutive No. 1 hits for country radio, and many of his compositions have been covered by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Etta James, Tim McGraw, Van Morrison, and Waylon Jennings. He won his first GRAMMY for “After All this Time” for Best Country Song in 1989. In 2011, Vintage books published Crowell’s widely praised memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, a revealing narrative in which he reflects on his turbulent relationship with his parents and his formative years growing up in southeast Texas.

Crowell first played with Emmylou Harris in 1975 as the rhythm guitarist and harmony singer for her backing band, The Hot Band. Their forty-year friendship resulted in their collaboration, Old Yellow Moon, a GRAMMY-Award winning duet album recognized as 2013’s Americana Music Association Album of the Year, and which landed in the Top Ten of Amazon Customer Favorite Albums of 2013. American Songwriter selected it as one of the top 50 Albums of 2013, noting, “their lullaby-like ‘Dreaming My Dreams’...reminds us this silver-haired pair shares a dynamic—and an ageless friendship—that’s pure gold.”

Now there’s a new album, Close Ties, on which 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’s 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. “It’s a loose concept album, you could say,” Crowell says. “And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative—especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing—had become a part of my songwriting process. One of the reasons I brought Kim Buie in as a producer is that I wanted her to work with me the way an editor works, to look at a number of songs and find the ones that worked together to create a tone.”

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