Ain't Living Long Like This

Ain't Living Long Like This

by Rodney Crowell
     
 

Rodney Crowell's auspicious 1978 debut, Ain't Living Long Like This, not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer. Crowell possesses a sort of Everly Brothers, Nashville soul in his strong, emotive tenor, that's equally effective on…  See more details below

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Rodney Crowell's auspicious 1978 debut, Ain't Living Long Like This, not only showcases his songwriting prowess, but also his ability to deliver a song, whether it's one of his own or the work of another writer. Crowell possesses a sort of Everly Brothers, Nashville soul in his strong, emotive tenor, that's equally effective on the country-blues of Dallas Frazier's "Elvira," as it is on the rocking title cut or a country-folk ballad such as the self-penned "Song for the Life." Along with producer Brian Ahern (Emmylou Harris), Crowell employs a who's who of country and rock'n'roll session players, including James Burton and Glen D. Hardin, both of whom played with Elvis Presley and Gram Parsons, as well as enlisting the aid of artists such as Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Nicolette Larson, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and Willie Nelson. As a writer, Crowell, who chose to include three terrific covers over any of his backlog of excellent original material, has the knack for mixing a pop sensibility and rock'n'roll vitality, with the heart and reverence of a traditionalist. A song such as "California Earthquake (A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)," sounds as if it could've been written decades before, while "Voila, An American Dream" hit the pop charts the following year for the Dirt Band. Ain't Living Long Like This became a mining-ground of material for others. Nearly every one of Crowell's tunes from the album was covered within the next few years, spawning at least a couple of major hits. Even "Elvira," which he had resurrected, became an early-'80s smash for the Oak Ridge Boys .

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Audium Entertainment
UPC:
0684038816422
catalogNumber:
8164
Rank:
15997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Violin,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Ry Cooder   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Dr. John   Keyboards
Albert Lee   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Amos Garrett   Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Burton   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Greene   Strings
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Larry Willoughby   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Guitar,Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Violin
Donivan Cowart   Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Jerry Jumonville   Horn,Saxophone
Tom Sauber   Banjo
John Ware   Percussion,Drums
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Strings

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer,Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Geoff Sykes   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Brad Wrolstad   Reissue Design
Barry McCloud   Liner Notes
Dave Nives   Reissue Producer
Pat McDonald   Engineer
Bruce Brown   Engineer

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