"Tarpaper Sky" is the fourteenth solo studio album by Rodney Crowell, released April 15, 2014 on the New West Records label. Crowell co-produced the album with long-time collaborator Steuart Smith and Dan Knobler. Tarpaper Sky follows Crowell's Grammy-winning duet album with Emmylou Harris, Old Yellow Moon and is his first release on New West.
Tarpaper Sky garnered critical acclaim by music critics. At Metacritic, they assign a "weighted average" rating called a Metascore to albums based upon the ratings and reviews by selected independent publications, and the album's score is an 84 out of 100 with nine reviews usad, which means the album received "universal acclaim".
For Tarpaper Sky, his self-produced 14th solo record, Crowell has reassembled much of the band that helped him on his best-selling 1988 LP Diamonds and Dirt. But a crack band isn't worth much unless it has crack songs to play, and Crowell came prepared. Opening with a grown-up anthem in "Long Journey Home" (with its echoes of Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom," accidental or not, infusing the song with a nostalgic gravitas) and moving through several characteristically heartfelt autobiographical numbers, this is Crowell's best record since his 2001 masterpiece The Houston Kid.
This is just vintage Crowell, which is to say that Tarpaper Sky is an essential record by one of the best. (New West) --- exclaim.ca