Rodney Crowell is a multi-success story, having proven himself as an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter and producer.
As a songwriter, he first gained attention when Jerry Reed recorded "You Can't Keep Me Here in Tennesseee," a song that led to a contract with Reed's publishing company.
Crowell's career as a musician gained momentum when he moved to California in 1975 to join Emmylou Harris' acclaimed Hot Band. The guitarist's soon started writing for Harris and others, and he added hit songs to his resume, including "Til I Gain Control Again," "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," and "Bluebird Wine." In 1977, Crowell left the Hot Band and formed the Cherry Bombs. Ain't Living Long Like This served as the title of his 1978 debut album.
In 1978, Crowell began his career as a producer, working on the Roseanne Cash album Right or Wrong. He and Cash would marry in 1979. He later produced Cash's Seven Year Ache album. The project was applauded by fans and critics alike. Meanwhile, Crowell was also enjoying continued success as a songwriter with "Til I Gain Control Again," a hit for Crystal Gayle; "Shame on the Moon," for Bob Seger; "Long Hard Road," for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; and "Somewhere Tonight" for Highway 101.
Crowell turned his attention back to his recording career in 1980 with "Ashes by Now" and "Stars on the Water." By 1987, he was producing again, this time for Johnny Cash's King's Record Shop. In 1986, Crowell released the album Street Language, but it was his 1988 Diamonds & Dirt that produced five chart-topping singles-"It's a Small World," "I Couldn't Leave You if I Tried," "She's Crazy for Leavin'," "After All This Time," and "Above and Beyond." The successful Keys to the Highway followed.
In 1991, Crowell and Cash divorced, and Crowell sorted through his emotions on his 1992 album Life Is Messy. Let the Picture Paint Itself followed in 1994 and Jewel of the South in 1995. He formed the Cicadas in 1997 before resuming his solo career with 2001's The Houston Kid. He released Fate's Right Hand in 2003, The Outsider in 2005 and Sex and Gasoline in 2008.
Sex and Gasoline