The Houston Kid

The next time you see Rodney Crowell, it might well be at BookPeople. In a recent conversation, the author of "'Til I Gain Control Again" and "Stars on the Water" said writing his memoirs helped him get a handle on the heavy thoughts that pervade his latest (and many say best) album, Fate's Right Hand. Here's a heavy thought about Austin's fate: Crowell, who saw Hank Williams, future father-in-law Johnny Cash, Bubble Puppy, and the Moving Sidewalks as a Jacinto City youth, settled locally around Thanksgiving 1974 and thought, "OK, this is where I'm gonna live." A few months later, he sat in with Emmylou Harris at the Armadillo World Headquarters. "At the end of the gig, she said, 'Hey, I've got a ticket to L.A. You wanna go?'" recalled Crowell. "I said, 'Yeah, I'll go.' So I went and stayed seven years."

Rodney Crowell plays the Paramount Theatre, Thursday, June 17, 8pm.

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