is the title of the fourth studio album released by American country music artist Rodney Crowell
, released in 1986
In 1984, Crowell recorded what was to be a new album for Warner Bros., Street Language. That album, a pop-sounding effort co–produced by David Malloy, was rejected by Warner Bros
, and was never released. The label requested a more Nashville-friendly record, but Crowell negotiated a release from his contract and moved to Columbia Records
. He then he brought in Booker T. Jones
as co-producer and re-recorded a more rock and roll/electric-sounding Street Language in 1986.
The song "Looking for You" was co-written with Crowell's then wife, Rosanne Cash
. "She Loves the Jerk" was written and first recorded by John Hiatt
in 1983 and was included on his album, Riding with the King. It would later be covered by Elvis Costello
Anton Fig - drums
Vince Gill - acoustic guitar, background vocals
Booker T. Jones - organ, synthesizer, piano, background vocals
With Street Language Rodney Crowell created an awkward country-soul hybrid. Working with organist Booker T. Jones, Billy Joe Walker, and John Hiatt -- who he also covers -- Crowell doesn't quite realize his concept. Although the songs are usually quite good, the sound of the record is forced and hamfisted. At the very least, the album suggested that Crowell was at his best when he was at his most direct. And he became direct on his next album, Diamonds & Dirt.
Crowell was born on August 7, 1950, in Crosby, Texas. One grandfather was a church choir leader, the other a bluegrass banjo player, his grandmother played guitar, and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky tonks. At age 11, he started playing drums in his father's band. In 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and got a job as a songwriter after being discovered by Jerry Reed
. Emmylou Harris
had recorded one of Crowell's songs, "Bluebird Wine", on her Pieces of the Sky album and asked him to play rhythm guitar in her backing band. In 1977 as a side project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, with Vince Gill
Crowell was married to Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash) from 1979 to 1992. They collaborated on a number of duets, including 1988's "It's Such a Small World." Although Crowell and Cash are now divorced, they remain on friendly terms, performing together occasionally. Crowell and Cash have three daughters.
Though he had already several country hits by artists covering his songs
(including "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Waylon Jennings
, "Leaving Louisiana..." by the Oak Ridge Boys
, and several covers by Johnny Cash
, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Reed and others), Crowell got his first big taste of pop songwriting success with "Shame on the Moon", recorded on in 1982 by Bob Seger
& the Silver Bullet Band. Glenn Frey
joined Seger on background harmony. In 1983, Crystal Gayle
had a number one country single with his song "'Til I Gain Control Again". The song was first recorded in 1975 by Emmylou Harris.
His next album, Diamonds & Dirt (1988) produced five consecutive No. 1 singles.