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Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr on World Cafe | July 3, 2012

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Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, released last month, is a collaboration between a best-selling author and a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. Karr and Crowell sing songs about growing up in Texas in the '50s, material they've each grappled with in their own work. Karr's best-selling memoir The Liar's Club deals with themes of family, love and loss. Crowell, the prolific country singer known as the Houston Kid, has also published his own memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.

Crowell's career in music features more than a dozen solo albums, but he was always looking to collaborate with other writers. He had even written a song with Karr in the lyrics before — "Earthbound" was a number one hit in Houston, and Karr learned about it from her sister's secretary, who heard it on the radio.

"It's a good way to get yourself a songwriting collaborator," Crowell says. "You just call her name out in the night on the radio and here they come, and you make up songs."

"That's exactly right — settle down and raise an album," Karr says. For Kin, the duo enlisted the talents of artists like Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Roseanne Cash. Hear songs from the pair's performance at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as they sit down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss their collaboration. (link)


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Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
The Left Banke "She May Call You Up Tonight" There's Gonna Be A Storm
Steve Earle "Telephone Road" El Carazon
Mariachi El Bronx "Revolution Girls" II
The Black Keys "Run Right Back" El Camino
Sonny Landreth "When You're Away" Outward Bound
((Joseph Arthur "Spaceman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr "If the Law Don't Want You" Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr "Momma's On a Roll" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr "I'm A Mess" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Rodney Crowell & Mary Carr "I'm a Mess" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
John K Samson "When I Write My Master's Thesis" Provincial
Rhett Miller "Out of Love" The Dreamer
John Fullbright "Jericho" From the Ground Up
Kathleen Edwards "Empty Threat" Voyageur


Joan Osborne "Right Hand Man" Relish
The Heavy "What Makes A Good Man" The Glorious Dead
James Brown "Cold Sweat" CD of JB Vol. 2
Bonnie Raitt "Right Down the Line" Slipstream
Santigold "The Keepers" Master of My Make-Believe
((The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go" We Started Nothing))
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love this Giant
Yaz "Don't Go" Upstairs At Eric's
Fleetwood Mac "Albatross" English Rose
Jonathan Wilson "Desert Raven" Gentle Spirit
((The Who "Summertime Blues" Then and Now))
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" All Fall Down
Chris Isaak "Heart Shaped World" Heart Shaped World
Polica "Wandering Star" Give You the Ghost
Portishead "Glory Box" Stealing Beauty Soundtrack