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Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight to Feature Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell
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Join me Sunday at 11 a.m for the Country Classic Spotlight, featuring Rodney Crowell. The Country Classic Show kicks off at 9 a.m. 

Rodney Crowell was born on August 7, 1950 in Houston, Texas.  He formed his own band, The Arbitrators, in 1965.

When Rodneyl arrived in Nashville in 1972 he brought with him a musical background that stretched from the classic honky-tonk that he learned in his father’s band to the influence of the Beatles and other pop acts familiar to his generation.  He mixed his endearing songwriting and performing style blending honky-tonk with rock n’ roll, earning him the respect of his Nashville peers.

He became one of country music’s most versatile artists.  In 1975, he joined Emmy Lou Harris’ band as a guitarist and songwriter.  In 1977 he left and began working on his first album, I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This.  He also assembled his legendary road band, The Cherry Bombs, which included a very young Vince Gill.

He wrote several hit songs for other artists including Leavin’ Louisiana in the Broad Daylight for the Oak Ridge Boys, I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This for Waylon Jennings and An American Dream for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  He also wrote Shame on the Moon for Bob Seger.

He also produced albums for Rosanne Cash, to whom he was married from 1979 to 1992.  To this day they remain on friendly terms, performing together occasionally.  They have three daughters and together raised Hannah, Rodney’s daughter from a previous  marriage.  He has been married to his current wife, Claudia Church, since 1998.

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