Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Will Kimbrough Join Him in Song to Celebrate Chinaberry Sidewalks
by Edward Morris - CMT
Rodney Crowell's friends and admirers risked the wrath of a predicted ice storm Wednesday night (Dec. 15) to join the fabled singer-songwriter in celebrating the publication of his new memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.
The ice never materialized, but a steady drizzle of rain made for a cozy gathering inside photographer Jim McGuire's barn-size studio just a few blocks from Nashville's Music Row.
Still slim and handsome at 60, Crowell arrived early to circulate among a wall-to-wall crowd that included Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, novelist-songwriter Alice Randall, producer Tony Brown, Newseum and Freedom Forum chief Ken Paulson, BookPage review publisher Michael A. Zibart, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna, songwriters Gretchen Peters, Verlon Thompson, Gary Nicholson, Paul Kennerley and Jim Rooney, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Jay Orr and legendary road manager -- aka "road mangler" -- Phil Kaufman.