KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell
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KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

June 5, 2012

Song Title Artist
Anything But Tame Rodney Crowell
If the Law Don't Want You Norah Jones
Just Pleasing You Vince Gill
God I'm Missing You Lucinda Williams
I'm a Mess Rodney Crowell
Momma's On a Roll Lee Ann Womack
Sister Oh Sister Rosanne Cash
My Father's Advice Rodney Crowell & Kris Kristofferson
Long Time Girl Gone By Emmylou Harris
Hungry for Home Rodney Crowell

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 1, 2012
  • Release Date: June 1, 2012
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 37:45
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  • ASIN: B008199NI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,862 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Good Fun, and Wise as Well June 22, 2012
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I confess that I had never heard of Rodney Crowell before I bought this. I'm a fan of writer Mary Karr, and was intrigued at her venture into co-writing music with a country singer. I can now say that Crowell's "I'm a Mess" is worth the price of the whole set. If I could reproduce even one verse of this brilliantly intricate song here I would, but it's sung so fast I couldn't transcribe it. "A Father's Advice" (sung with Kris Kristopherson) is great good fun, extending an old saying into vast, amusing, (yet wise) warnings to a kid leaving home. Norah Jones does a wonderful "If the Law Don't Want You (Neither Do I)," portraying one of those girls who are a "sucker for a bold-faced lie." We've all known a girl like this (some of us ARE a girl like this!). "Long Time Girl Gone By" (sung by Emmy Lou Harris) is outstanding. I'm not sure which ones Karr contributed to, but it doesn't matter. The lyrics all have a high level of subtlety, creativity and beauty; the performances are stellar, all of which which make the set replayable again & again for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could I be a Country Music fan? July 25, 2012
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I haven't been exposed much to Country music, other than that "Country Rock" crap that has become popular since Achey Breaky Heart. So I never bothered to search out anything Country. I am, however, an NPR fan. I heard an interview on NPR with Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell and heard song excerpts from this CD. I found the stories of the songwriting compelling and enjoyed the little snippets I heard, so I decided to order Kin.

This CD is rich and lush and gorgeous. Some of the songs make me laugh, some make me tear up. But I love every single song on this CD. My only regret is that it's not a 3 hour CD. I could listen all day. I would be hard pressed to imagine this album wouldn't appeal to fans of all sorts of music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karr-Crowell Gem! June 7, 2012
By Lori
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I have been waiting forever for this CD and now I can't quit listening to it!

I'm a big fan of Mary Karr's writings and to hear her beautiful words set to music in songs such as "Sister, Oh Sister" (Roseanne Cash never sounded better) and Emmylou's "Long Time Girl Gone By" is so touching. She and Rodney crank it up with Crowell's "I'm a Mess" and Womack's "Momma's on a Roll" so your boots will be a'tapping. Those are my four favorite songs so far but the entire album is awesome.

Rodney Crowell is a smart man and knows talent when he hears it/reads it. Mary Karr is sharp in hitching her wagon to such an amazing legendary songwriter. The two work well together and we are the beneficiary of their collaboration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 16, 2012
By Danetta
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Rodney never fails !!
With the addition of Mary Karr and
the other great voices ,every song
Is really good.....and that's rare
on any album !!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful writing August 22, 2012
By zelmo
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what a great idea, to combine two great writers and then have great artists interpret. highly recommended. And check out other Rodney Crowell work, as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever! August 11, 2012
By Larry
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I bought this cd after hearing Crowell's "I'm a Mess" on satellite radio. I was not familiar with Ms Karr's work, but am a fan now. The collection of artists is super, and they match the quality of the music. This may be my favorite collection ever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!!! July 29, 2012
By jb
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This CD has fabulous songs, excellent artists and is making driving my car even more enjoyable than usual. I especially love Lucinda Williams' singing of "I miss you"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We Should All Have KIN Like This!!! August 14, 2012
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I'll admit it...I had my doubts about KIN. After an almost four year hiatus, why would Rodney Crowell, one of the greatest songwriters of the last quarter + century, even THINK about collaborating with some dilettante novelist who now wanted to dabble in songwriting? What could she bring to the table that Crowell couldn't supply on his own?!? Oh, this was a disaster just waiting to happen!
Well, I'm happy to say that I couldn't have been more mistaken...KIN is a wonderous collection, full of stories/songs that will absolutely dazzle you! Make no mistake about it, Crowell and Karr are brother and sister from different mothers!
How do I know? I would bet dollars to doughnuts that there are AT LEAST half a dozen lyrics here that many of us would say "Oh, that's classic Crowell!" about, only to find out that they were actually written by Karr! (As a fun little bonus for this reveiw, I'm going to include my favorite line from each song!).
And while not every guest vocalist choice works for me here, in the long run this is an entertaining, original group that brings some unique ideas and colorful flavorings to the mix. What more could you ask for??
Things kick off with the relaxed, yet spirited, "Anything But Tame." Crowell's easy-going vocal is perfectly augmented by an arrangement that just sparkles. No one element dominates all just blends beautifully together (Oh, O.K., I DO have a warm spot for Ilya Toshinski's mandolin!). Favorite line(s): "In this godforsaken swamp/Dodging cottonmouths and quicksand/On your tiptoes in the rain." Nice!
It's amazing how easily Norah Jones fits into this project...she just shines on "If The Law Don't Want You!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful songs, beautifully sung by some of my favorite singers.
I was very pleased to learn of this album, find it at and get a copy of it. I really like almost every song. Read more
Published 13 days ago by M. S. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars another interesting effort by Rodney Crowell
I have been listening to (and buying) Mr. Crowell's albums for years. My two favorites are still Diamonds and Dirt and The Houston Kid, but there are some very interesting songs... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dennis G. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking lyrics and transcendent images of a hardscrabble...
I bought this album to hear another collaboration between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, but all of the performances are memorable.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Compilation
This album is like an all star line up telling us about where they grew up, it is really gritty and they are all talented.
Published 2 months ago by Beach Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosanne Cash, enough said.
I bought this for the Rosanne Cash song and it is excellent as Rosanne always is. BUy it for Rosanne and the other songs are good.
Published 3 months ago by William A. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and fuzzy
Nice folk compendium.
Perfect for a lazy afternoon of listening in yer jammies.
Gives yu a warm glow.
Loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Perry W. Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfullllllll CD! Fun!
Rodney Crowell gets 5 stars for this and of course Mary Karr. Don't know who wrote what but it's quite an interesting collection of artists and down home well written songs from... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emele
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh, Old Time Memories
The lyrics to all of these songs will have you thinking about the different members of your own family and what roles they play in your life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paula cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous poetry set to beautiful music
A perfect collaboration of talents: Mary Karr's poetry and Rodney Crowley's music, interpreted by some of the best musicians around.
Published 10 months ago by James W. Ramsay
4.0 out of 5 stars off the wall
this is a great album, I love off the wall country music, and it has great variety of country and contemporary artist.
Published 10 months ago by kjs
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