One of country music’s most celebrated songwriters comes to Lafayette this week. Though he’s had great success as a solo recording artist, most folks know him for his songs. Rodney Crowell plays this Thursday evening at Vermilionville.

Crowell got an early break after being discovered by Nashville Star Jerry Reed in the early 1970s. Emmylou Harris recorded his “Bluebird Wine” and later asked him to join her backing band. From this point, his career took off. 

Many of his compositions became signature songs for artists like Waylon Jennings and the Oak Ridge Boys.

After scoring success on his own, especially with his 1988 release Diamonds and Dirt, Crowell became a multi-Grammy winner and member of the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Earlier this decade he returned to where he started and put out Old Yellow Moon with Emmylou Harris.

Some of  Crowell’s biggest hits are featured along with some local sounds for this week’s playlist. You’ll hear the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Leaving Louisiana in the Board Daylight,” “Ain’t Living Long Like This” by Waylon Jennings,” and the title track to his album of duets with Harris. Also in the mix are tracks by swamp-pop legend Warren Storm, innovative bluegrass picker Sam Bush, and Texas-born fiddler and accordionist Cedric Watson.

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Monday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
Blue Monday presents Warren Storm
Rock n’ Bowl

Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm
Rodney Crowell
Vermilionville

Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm
Kyle Huval and Friends
Artmosphere

Friday, October 18 at 6:30 pm
Radio Zydeco and South Austin Moonlighters
Downtown Alive at Parc Sans Souci

Friday, October 18 at 7:30 pm
Sam Bush
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Friday, October 18 at 9:30 pm
Cedric Watson et Bijou Crèole
Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 pm
Blake Miller and the Old Fashioned Aces
Artmosphere