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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Rodney Crowell

Bill DeYoung



To celebrate the 75th edition of The Catalyst Sessions, we ventured away from Tampa Bay Wednesday to talk with legendary Americana artist Rodney Crowell, who lives just outside of Nashville.

One of the most successful songwriters of the last half-century, Crowell’s acclaimed body of work includes “Till I Gain Control Again,” “Please Remember Me,” “Shame on the Moon,” “Ain’t Living Long Like This, “Song For the Life,” “Making Memories of Us,” “Ashes By Now” and numerous others.

As a recording artist, he landed five consecutive Number Ones from a single album (Diamonds and Dirt) and is probably best known for his long association with Emmylou Harris.

His most recent album, Texas, features duets with Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett and other old pals.

The Houston native, 69, took a while to get to the top of the commercial heap – for a long time, he was probably best known as the guy who produced hit records for (then-wife) Rosanne Cash – and once he became a star, he found it an unsatisfying experience.

A quarter-century and a dozen life changes later, Rodney Crowell finds himself in a good place, both personally and professionally.

Today on The Catalyst Sessions: Morean Arts Center Executive Director Howayda Affan.

Streaming at 7 p.m. weekdays on the Catalyst Facebook page. All episodes are archived on our YouTube channel.







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