KIN – Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr w/Special Guest Steuart Smith
Show DescriptionGRAMMY Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times Best Selling author Mary Karr announced dates for KIN – Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr Tour, featuring special guest Steuart Smith. The tour will begin on May 31 in Chicago and end on June 18 in Seattle, making stops in the Northeast and along the West coast. The one-of-a-kind show will treat audiences to an evening filled with music from their forthcoming album KIN, as well as poetry, readings and storytelling at its finest.
The tour will support the release of KIN, SONGS BY MARY KARR AND RODNEY CROWELL due in stores on Vanguard Records, June 5, 2012. Produced by Joe Henry, KIN is a unique collaboration of two storytellers from different worlds, blending verse, melody and poetry into a seamless masterpiece. The album also marks Karr’s entry into the world of music.
Karr is an award-winning poet, best selling memoirist and an unstoppable force in the literary world. Her works have been embraced with an avalanche of rave reviews from nearly every major newspaper in the country. Her memoirs Lit, Cherry and The Liar’s Club were all best sellers. The latter spent over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list and kick-stared the memoir craze. Karr has taught at Harvard and Syracuse University, where she still holds a chair in literature. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, The Whiting Writer's Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Karr adds yet another title, songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of KIN.
Long known as a poet among songwriters, Crowell is a masterful storyteller and hit generator. The multi-GRAMMY-Award –winning singer/songwriter/producer was the first artist to chart five consecutive number one hits with his release Diamonds and Dirt. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and has become best known for the critically acclaimed masterpieces The Houston Kid, Fates Right Hand and Sex And Gasoline. He has penned songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Bob Seger, Grateful Dead, Norah Jones, Van Morrison, Etta James, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Band Of Horses and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band among others. Last year, Crowell made his debut as a memoirist with the release of Chinaberry Sidewalks on Knopf/Random House. The memoir received glowing reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times in which his storytelling and ways with the written word were compared to that of Mark Twain.