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Happy Birthday: Rodney Crowell & Raul Malo

Posted in Raul Malo, Rodney Crowell, The Mavericks on August 7, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

Just a quick post today to wish Happy Birthday to two of the great voices of Americana Music.

Rodney Crowell was born August 7, 1950 in Houston, TX. He’s perhaps best known for his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt that launched five number one singles onto the Billboard Country Singles Chart. He was also a member of Emmylou Harris’ original Hot Band, produced several hit records for his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and wrote hit songs for several artists including Bob Seger, Crystal Gayle, Keith Urban, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Now 58, Crowell is still going strong. His last three albums, The Houston Kid, Fate’s Right Hand, and The Outsider are widely regarded as being among the best of his career. His newest release Sex and Gasoline is scheduled to be released next month.

Here’s a lesser known song from Diamonds & Dirt that didn’t make the top of the charts, and a few tracks from Crowell’s recent recordings… including the 2004 Americana Song of the Year, “Fate’s Right Hand.”

Rodney Crowell: I Know You’re Married (Buy Album)

Rodney Crowell: Rock of My Soul (Buy Album)
Rodney Crowell: Fate’s Right Hand (Buy Album)
Rodney Crowell: Say You Love Me (Buy Album)

Raul Malo was born August 7, 1965 in Miami, FL and is best known as the lead singer of The Mavericks. With the Mavericks, Malo blended traditional country with bits of Bakersfield, border radio, and rock and roll to create an unique sound that helped the band earn two Vocal Group of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association in the 1990s. As the title of their 1995 release tells us, The Mavericks really could make Music for All Occasions.

Here is a track from that 1995 album that features Flaco Jimenez on the accordian. I also have a track from The Mavericks’ 2003 self-titled effort and a Gram Parsons cover from a project Malo released in 2004 with Rob Ickes, Pat Flynn, and Dave Pomeroy.

The Mavericks: All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down (Buy Album)

The Mavericks: I Want to Know (Buy Album)
Raul Malo: Hot Burrito #1 (Buy Album)