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Author:  San Diego
E-mail:  not available
Date:  9/1/2012 3:24:54 PM
Subject:  Re: Rodney Crowell
CROWELL "But when I arrived in Nashville in the early '70s, I ran into Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt-and Mickey Newbury, who was kind of one cut up from even those guys-and a few other songwriters who were around. That was when it hit me like a garden hoe between the eyes that, wait a minute, this is serious business. There is craft and thought and work behind this."

"I've talked to a lot of songwriters-including Kris Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash-who go on at length about Newbury's genius and influence. Finally, after all these years, his earliest albums have been reissued on CD. Newbury was a great influence on Guy and me, and probably Townes, although I see it less in Townes work. I hear [Clark's] "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train" and I know [Newbury's] "Heaven Help the Child" and "Cortelia Clark" were inspirations. With [my song] "Till I Gain Control Again," that dropped- D tuning and that melody are so reminiscent of Mickey Newbury. In the early '70s, he hit me profoundly. He had a houseboat out on the lake where Guy and [his wife] Susanna were living for a little while, and just to catch a glimpse of him once in a while was pretty magical. I still dream of Newbury."

Love to all in the great Northwest.

 Rodney Crowell by Will Bloom at 8/31/2012 9:37:48 AM
 Re: Rodney Crowell by San Diego at 8/31/2012 7:08:55 PM
 Re: Rodney Crowell by Susie  at 9/1/2012 1:56:10 PM
 Re: Rodney Crowell by San Diego at 9/1/2012 3:24:54 PM
 Re: Rodney Crowell by Susie  at 9/2/2012 1:04:11 PM