Revered Americana singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell will perform at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Opening the performance is special guest acclaimed virtuoso guitarist Joe Robinson.
Crowell arrived in Nashville in 1972 and has since become part of the very marrow of Music City. His two Grammy® Awards, membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and friendships with famed country music artists make Crowell a true American music treasure. His songs have been recorded by country music royalty (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait), current chart-toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban), blues icons (Etta James), and rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). Crowell collaborated with a wide range of artists throughout his career including Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, and John Paul White. NPR Music says of Crowell, “There’s no doubt that [he] was an architect of Americana as we know it.”
In the past two years, Crowell released three albums: “Acoustic Classics,” “Christmas Everywhere,” and “Close Ties.” The most recent, “Acoustic Classics,” revisits songs from his long list of recordings. The album features Crowell performing the songs he wants in the style he wants. The music’s revelations are in the reveling and in Crowell’s joyful ownership of songs that have become dear companions over the years.
Special guest 26-year-old Australian guitarist Joe Robinson is a world-class virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He started playing guitar at age 9. When Robinson outpaced his guitar instructor, he began educating himself via the internet. By age 11 he was a touring guitarist, and at 13 years old he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years, Robinson was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom have served as his mentors.
Tickets to hear Rodney Crowell are $35 and can be purchased online at http://tickets.elgin.edu or by phone at 847-622-0300. The ECC Arts Center is located in Building H on the Elgin Community College Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Find the ECC Arts Center on Facebook at facebook.com/eccartscenter and Twitter at @eccartscenter.