Song Premiere: Rodney Crowell - "Fever On The Bayou"

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Rodney Crowell  may already be well-respected veteran in Americana music, but he certainly hasn’t rested on his laurels: in the wake of a handful of rowdy, unforgettable sets at South By Southwest (including one at our very own Paste Party), Crowell is set to release his newest album, Tarpaper Sky, on April 15. One standout track from the album, “Fever on the Bayou,” is a song that’s been decades in the making.

”’Fever on the Bayou’ began as a collaboration between Will Jennings, writer of many a classic song, and I,” said Crowell. “Due to our inability to come up with a suitable last verse, the song lay dormant for twenty-plus years. An off-chance conversation with a friend of mine in which the word Franglais—an improper synthesis of the French and English languages as I understood it—gave me the idea that the last verse should echo the Cajun French I’d heard working on construction crews along the Texas-Lousiana border. Once I had that last verse the recording was a snap.”

Listen to “Fever on the Bayou” in the lyric video above. Tarpaper Sky is set for release on April 15 via New West.

Rodney Crowell Tour Dates
25 - Decatur, Ga. @ Eddie’s Attic
26 - Holly Springs, N.C. @ Holly Springs Cultural Center
27 - Charlottesville, Va. @ Jefferson Theatre
29 - Rocky Mount, Va. @ The Harvester Performance Center
30 - Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head Tavern
1 - Washington, D.C. @ The Hamilton
2 - Wilmington, Del. @ World Café at The Queen World
5 - New York, N.Y. @ City Winery
7 - Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
8 - Fall River, Mass. @ Narrows Center For The Arts
9 - Plymouth, N.H. @ The Flying Monkey Performing Arts
10 - Boothbay Harbor, Maine @ The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
12 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ The Sportsmen’s Tavern
13 - Kent, Ohio @ Kent Stages
14 - Columbus, Ohio @ Grand Valley Dale Ballroom
15 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ 20th Century Theatre
17 - Big Stone Gap, Va. @ Gathering In The Gap Festival
18 - Charleston, W.V. @ Mountain Stage
14 - Conroe, Texas @ Sounds of Texas Theatre Series