Rodney Crowell mood today.
Mr. Crowell, for those who don't know him, came to be as a member of Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band" back in the '70s.
From there he established himself as a songwriter (for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, the Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Seger and eventually Tim McGraw) and record producer.
Crowell married Cash's daughter, Rosanne and produced (or co-produced) her first five albums.
But he is a recording artist in his own right, just not with the success as some of the artists he's worked with, though two years ago he and Emmylou Harris put out a record together - which unfortunately, I did not care for.
It was actually have he got dropped from the major labels that Crowell was able to do some of his best work - as if he'd been freed up by the big corporate wheel.
After getting bumped down from Sony to an independent and then back to Epic - which really doesn't have much of a country presence - Crowell released Fate's Right Hand in 2003.
The album is pretty great. And Crowell has always had a way with songwriting - as his phrasing and use of words rises above the moon-june-spoon stuff that can make-up Nashville music.
My first thought was to use the title track from Fate's Right Hand, but then I opted for "Earthbound". And then I went back, then forth and back again.
Then I decided it was my fucking blog and could do anything I please. So I'm doing both.
"Earthbound" has a video. "Fate" does not. So now we have mixed mediums.
But with both songs, you get subjects, words, or people rarely mentioned in a sung verse.
When do you hear Seamus Heaney or Mary Karr in a song ("Earthbound")? Or in one line do you get direct or indirect references about Ken Starr, Bill and Hillary and AIDS? and then later on - the word 'poontang' ("Fate's Right Hand")?
(side note: Crowell has a disk out of his music to the words of Karr, sung by many vocalists - including Cash, Harris and Lucinda Williams. He also mentions his nickname and 2001 album the Houston Kid on "Fate's Right Hand").
Fate's Right Hand