I’ve really been enjoying listening to the latest Rodney Crowell album, Fate’s Right Hand (which I purchased from the Apple online music store – but why did I have to buy every track individually?).
While I don’t listen to much contemporary “country” music these days, this album has a certain maturity of voice and inner vision of self that really appeals to me right now, plus the arranging and playing are interesting in a deep sort of way that most Nashville-produced country music isn’t. I was a big fan of Diamonds & Dirt when I lived in the DC area in the 80s (and played with a country-rooted swing band called Sassparilla), but haven’t paid attention to what Rodney’s up to lately until this week.
As the Thom Jurek says in his All Music Guide review,“Fate’s Right Hand is the finest record Crowell has issued since Diamonds & Dirt and may turn out to be the finest of his entire career — and that’s saying a lot.” Check it out.