Songwriters of his caliber and status can be seen playing in the round on any given night at several of the small clubs in Nashville, (like the Bluebird Cafe) but it is not often audiences outside that music community get an intimate taste of the type of entertainment Rodney Crowell delivered to promote his new self-produced slice-of-his-own-life growing up, The HOUSTON KID. Adding to the down-home feel of the night was his opening act, THE KOUNTRY KAYS (their real name ends in a word they and we dont like to use too often), lead by Rodneys old childhood band mate and by his own admission, sweetheart, (???) the, uh, uniquely authentic and animated J. Byrd Hosch. Why is it that real country music like this seems to only come from and be played by people OUTSIDE of Nashville these days and what comes OUT of it sounds like 70's and 80's pop??? (Don't get me started...)
When he told a story
about how his parents, now both deceased, came to him in a dream and inspired
him to write the beautiful "I Know Love Is All I Need", a few
tears escaped from these eyes because my own dad passed away just a couple
weeks ago. Isn't that what music is supposed to do - capture and hold
us, wherever we are??? I know that's why I write it. My favorite moment
came during one of the encores, when Rodney encouraged the audience to
call out tunes, and convinced him to do an old song, "I Don't Fall
In Love So Easily". When he forgot some of the lyrics, a girl who
looked much too young to be an old fan, sung out the line from the audience.
He brought her up on stage and had her finish the song with him, and they
sounded great together! The look on her face was worth the price of admission.
With appreciation, humility, humor and grace, The Houston Kid told us
a whole bunch of bedtime stories, tucked us in, and turned out the light.
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