"Close Ties" is the fifteenth solo studio album by Rodney Crowell, released April 15, 2014 on the New West Records label.
Close Ties is a set of stories of a roaring boy, sung from the perspective of the older and wiser man he would become, and Crowell's voice is in fine shape, giving his stories flesh and form with the talent you'd expect from one of the best singers and songwriters of his generation. Producers Jordan Lehning and Kim Buie give these sessions a feel that's open but clearly focused, and there's a sharp sense of purpose to this material that's mature but full of life. Close Ties shows that it's possible to be an experienced professional and still make music that's emotionally urgent and immediate; it's also a reminder that Rodney Crowell was and remains a talent to be reckoned with, and this album shows he's a long, long way from used up. --- AllMusic Review by Mark Deming User Comments