Throughout his career Crowell has penned dozens of classic hit songs for artists like Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Rosanne Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, including “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” “Till I Gain Control Again,” and “Shame On The Moon.” On his own, he’s released a dozen albums since his 1978 debut and he continues to grow as a songwriter and a performer.
The Outsider finds Rodney in excellent voice and features Will Kimbrough on guitar, Buddy and Julie Miller, John Prine, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Emmylou Harris, who joins Crowell on a Celtic-tinged cover of Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm." Songs like “The Obscenity Prayer,” “Say You Love Me,” “Ignorance Is The Enemy,” and “Dancin’ Circles Round The Sun,” are some of his best songs ever. The Outsider is a natural progression for Crowell as a songwriter. Thirty years in to his illustrious career he keeps getting better.
Written by Bruce Warren
Release Date: August 16, 2005
XPN CD of the Month for August 2005
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