Fate's Right Hand

Fate's Right Hand

by Rodney CrowellRodney Crowell


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Hard to believe, but Rodney Crowell has topped himself. Fate's Right Hand is every bit as personal as his gripping 2001 memoir and comeback hit, The Houston Kid, but rather than the ghosts of a rough childhood, it examines a man at midlife. Full of self-doubt, questing spiritually, Crowell finds enough optimism to drive him on to a new day -- a point driven home on the resplendent closer, the country rocker "This Too Will Pass," addressed to his young child. And of course the music matches the lyrics' thrust, from the galloping banjo lines from Béla Fleck that send "Earthbound" positively skyward, to Tony Harrell's "Runaway"-style organ lines in the infectious, Beatlesque "Come On Funny Feeling," to Bill Livsey's eerie electric harmonium rising up from the mist in "Ridin' Out the Storm." Sometimes, though, Crowell needs nothing more than his voice and his acoustic guitar to cut to -- and through -- the bone, as on the somber, eloquent "Adam's Song," a sensitive, knowing prayer for friends who lost a child. When Crowell quietly caresses the key lyric -- "We're just learning how to live with a lifelong broken heart" -- listeners feel the presence of an absolutely masterful writer. In the midst of a midlife renaissance, Crowell has a lot more to tell -- about himself, and about us -- than we could ever imagine; this surpassing album shows he's not done by half.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974928225
catalogNumber: 749282
Rank: 8348


  1. Still Learning How to Fly
  2. Fate's Right Hand
  3. Earthbound
  4. Time to Go Inward
  5. The Man in Me
  6. Ridin' Out the Storm
  7. Preachin' to the Choir
  8. It's a Different World Now
  9. Come on Funny Feelin'
  10. Adam's Song
  11. This Too Will Pass

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Crowell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
John Jorgenson   Organ,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar,Hi String
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Cowan   Vocal Harmony
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Tony Harrell   Organ
John Hobbs   Organ
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums,Djembe
Billy Livsey   Organ,Harmonium
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Kim Richey   Vocal Harmony
Vince Santoro   Drums,Background Vocals
Russell Smith   Background Vocals
Steuart Smith   Organ,Guitar (Electronic)
Randall Waller   Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Barbara Santoro   Background Vocals
Gillian Welch   Vocal Harmony
David Rawlings   Vocal Harmony
Will Kimbrough   Dobro,Accordion,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Marcia Ramirez   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Acoustic Guitar
Trey Landrey   Drums

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer
Peter Coleman   Producer,Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Jim Dineen   Engineer
Giulio Turturro   Art Direction

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