Rodney Crowell has been a constant, ever present influence on music for 3 or 4 decades now. Everybody who's anybody in the business has worked with him and everyone applauds his talents as a wise and tuned-in songwriter and, hell a good guy to boot. So it's nice to see him doing the indie, self-produced album thing. Here's a man that's worked hard to earn his reputation in the industry and he's earned the right to do whatever he damn well pleases. So it's nice to see on Tarpaper Sky, he doesn't feel the need to make snarky digs at the industry, or pokes in the eye at people he's worked with. Instead what you get on Tarpaper Sky is what you always get with Rodney Crowell. Wry, back-country humor, heart-on-your-sleeve confessions that would make anyone blush, and toe tapping riffs.
I'm adding "Frankie Please," "Somebody's Shadow," and "I Wouldn't Be Me Without You."
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Tarpaper Sky by Rodney Crowell, from the one sheet:
better." -- Los Angeles Times