Next week, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell will come to East Tennessee on the last leg of his “Chinaberry Sidewalks Tour,” promoting the memoir he released in January. We talked to him about that this week, and he mentioned that one of the memoir writers he most admired in determing how to craft his own was Mary Karr, author of “The Liars’ Club.”
As it turns out, he’s working on a new album with Carr, inspired by his work on “Chinaberry Sidewalks” and her own writing skills. It’s shaping up to be an all-star effort, Crowell told us.
“She and I wrote all the songs, and since she doesn’t sing we roped ladies like Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones into taking the female narrative, while the male narrative will be taken by guys like Loudon Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson and myself,” he said. “It’s sort of a who’s-who of Americana superstars. We’re taking a song and making it a collaborative, cohesive piece where we sing and play with each other, and we’re not far from having it done.”