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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Persistent Poetry of Rodney Crowell

The article shines a bit of light on Rodney Crowell, who often seems to me, despite decades in the public eye, to be an enigma. Rodney, like his pals Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, is a well-read, intelligent singing poet.  That he chose to reveal his artistic life  through the country/folk idiom is logical, given his time and place in the world. All of them are heirs of Hank Williams, who I think, was not well-read, but was a natural poet observing the world and its charcters,  The Hillbilly Shakespeare.  I'm very glad all of them wrote and recorded and that Rodney continues. I draw inspiration from them on my own journey.