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Rodney Crowell's excellent advice for aspiring songwriters

Rodney Crowell On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Something Has To Change"
  • "Triage"
  • "The Flyboy & The Kid"

Rodney Crowell has a new album, and it's the most personal set of songs of his lengthy career. Entitled Triage, it tackles the theme of universal love. During an era when people are divided on so many fronts, Crowell is interested in how to be a better steward to everyone — and if anyone's up to the task, well, Rodney's a good guy to have with the olive branch.

Crowell, of course, is one of the finest songwriters of his generation, writing hits not just for himself, but for Johnny and Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack and countless others. In this episode, he talks about his process and offers some excellent advice for any aspiring songwriters.

Let's get into our session with Rodney, shall we? We begin in Nashville, where a couple of the songs in this session were originally recorded for WMOT's Words & Music with Jessie Scott, World Cafe's Music City correspondent.

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