Always something of a maverick, Rodney Crowell likes to stir up his country tunes with R&B, rock 'n' roll, bits of folk and pop, and then run them out to the honky-tonk. He's written a slew of classics, including "Bluebird Wine," "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," and "Shame on the Moon," been covered by a who's who of country and pop stars, and forged a critically acclaimed rep as a performer. His last few albums have been deeply personal affairs, as is his latest, Kin, a songwriting collaboration with poet Mary Karr, renowned for The Liar's Club, her memoir of growing up dysfunctional in what she calls the East Texas Ringworm Belt. Crowell grew up in the vicinity and under similar circumstances, and the songs they wrote together are vivid, literate, and starkly evocative of wild times long ago. And when Rodney isn't singin' 'em, an impressive cast of his friends are: Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris. None of those will be along at the Dakota, but Crowell's band will be there, and the new songs should get a thorough airing.
Mon., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., 2012