Multi Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell has chosen the Mississippi Gulf Coast to kick off his first post pandemic major tour of the United States.
Crowell will play The Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula on Monday night July 26. Show time is 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.grandmagmusic.com or in person at Scranton’s Restaurant in Pascagoula.
The show is sponsored in part by Mississippi Southern District Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell.
The show in Pascagoula will begin a 24 show run for Crowell that will criss-cross the USA and land in Switzerland at one point as well.
The Mobile duo of Phil and Foster will open the show.
Crowell, a member of the prestigious Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has five number one hits of his own and a legacy of song writing excellence which has made him an icon among giants. He was featured numerous times in the award winning PBS docu-series “Country Music” produced by Ken Burns.
With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and more. But owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his award-winning writing, he has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver and countless others.
Among the critically acclaimed songs in Crowell’s catalog are “Stars on the Water”, “Shame on the Moon”, “Leaving Louisiana in the broad daylight”, “Long Hard Road”. “Voilá, An American Dream”, “Ashes by Now”, “I ain’t living long like this” and “Please remember me”.
“I was lucky in my development as a songwriter,” Crowell told The Smoky Mountain News in 2018, “Probably the most vulnerable chapter in my development, as luck would have it, I happened to be in pretty close daily contact with Guy Clark and often Townes Van Zandt. I was 10 years younger than them. So, all I had to do was be quiet, pay attention. And I realized if you’re patient enough, and will allow it, the song will tell you what it wants to be, what it should be. To me, [if you force it], the cart is definitely before the horse.”
The Pascagoula native Buffett has said numerous times over the past few decades that “Stars on the Water” is one of his favorite songs that he has ever covered, and is one of just a few that he wished he had written himself.
Overall, Crowell has penned 15 songs that reached number one on the country charts. In addition to his Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Americana Album, he has earned six other Grammy Nominations. Crowell has also won six Americana Music Association Awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting as well as an Academy of Country Music Association Award for Top Male Vocalist.
You don’t want to miss this intimate performance in South Mississippi which will take place in one of the smallest venues on his nationwide tour.