Rodney Crowell
Tarpaper Sky
(New West)

Crowell spans a large part of the Americana spectrum on this, from old school country balladry to honky tonk rowdiness to rock-a-billy fun and just about everywhere in between. Similarly, the musicianship is varied enough to bring saxophones, mandolins and accordions to the table without ever appearing forced. The gentle tunes showcase Crowell’s talent as a storyteller with sage like reflection, and the up tempo songs might make you consider picking up a pair of boots and heading to the nearest saloon. As timeless as the best work by Springsteen, Dylan or Hank Williams Sr., there’s a reason why household names cover Crowell- nobody can write a song quite like him, and even in his 60’s, that’s more true than ever. (Tom Haugen)

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