I had the absolute pleasure of supporting two of Rodney Crowell’s shows this week. I first met Rodney in Portland, Maine, when I opened for him at One Longfellow. I was moved and inspired by his performance and told him so. He graciously offered to stay in touch. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a bit of time with him on a few occasions and have received truly insightful feedback from him on a few of my new songs. I feel grateful and blessed.
I felt that even more this week when I got the chance to share the stage with him again, this time at The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts (one of my favorite New England venues) and at the Sellersville Theater in Pennsylvania, also a wonderful venue. Both nights, I opened the show, which was a real treat. Rodney has a wonderful audience — people who deeply appreciate good songwriting. Opening the show was great, but the high point for me on both nights was joining Rodney and his excellent guitar player, Jedd Hughes, on stage to sing, “If the Law Don’t Want You” the song sung by Norah Jones on Rodney’s most recent album, “KIN.”
I wanted to make Rodney proud and I hope I did! Judging by the audiences’ reaction on both nights, it was a welcomed addition to his killer set. I was thrilled to find out that one of my fan/friends filmed video of the song in Fall River (watch the video below). Probably better that it was filmed that night and not the second one, as I had a little harder time with one line of lyrics (Snake hip shirt rip giving me lip). I jumbled them a bit and ended up accidentally swearing. : ) Oh, well, live music! I gave the audience a good laugh.
It was a special time that I won’t forget. I would jump at any chance to share the stage again with this remarkable songwriter and wonderful person. From talking with his fans both nights, I know that I’m not the only one who feels love and admiration for Rodney Crowell. He seems to inspire that in all those he meets and performs for. Lucky us.