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Cowtown Unplugged: A Songwriter's Showcase

EXPERIENCE A LIVE MUSIC EVENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

You're invited to a one-of-a-kind, live music experience. Join us September 4, 2022, for an evening with some of the best songwriters of our time, telling their stories and performing their songs in a setting that can't be surpassed. We are thrilled to announce The Cowtown Unplugged series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. during Labor Day Weekend with a line-up featuring Courtney Patton and Jason Eady followed by headliner Rodney Crowell. The 95.9 The Ranch midday host Malone will serve as emcee for the spring show, introducing the star-studded line-up.  

2022 Ticket Packages

Know Before You Go - Star Package

Know Before You Go - Sunday Package

Cowtown Unplugged VIP Dinner Menu

 

Courtney Patton

Courtney Patton is a storyteller. In a musical era in which clichés and bravado are mistaken for bold noteworthiness, there is something far braver in peeling back highly personal and emotional open-book songs and delivering them with sensitivity and sentiment. Heartache isn’t just described; it is tangibly felt. Following her previous solo albums, Triggering a Flood (2013) and So This Is Life (2015), and her acoustic collaborative project with her husband and fellow Texas troubadour Jason Eady, Something Together, (2017), Patton has drawn on true life day-to-day autobiographical life experiences and released her third album, What It’s Like To Fly Alone, earlier this year. What is most remarkable, is that Patton is doing this all independently, as she has taken the production reins this time around further cementing this has her most personal work to date. That makes the fact that What It’s Like To Fly Alone debuted as high at #4 on the iTunes country chart and made a mark across four different Billboard album charts (including a Top 20 mark on their Americana Albums Sales chart) all the more remarkable.

But then again, Patton is a storyteller. It only makes sense.

Jason Eady

A near-lifelong songwriter who names Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson among his main inspirations, Eady grew up in Jackson and got his start performing in local bars at age 14, showing his natural grasp of everything from soul and R&B to blues and country. After some time in the Air Force, he moved to Fort Worth and started playing open mic nights, where he quickly built up a devoted following. After independently releasing his debut album From Underneath the Old in 2005, he expanded his touring radius and continued turning out critically praised work, including 2012’s AM Country Heaven (a top 40 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart), 2014’s Daylight/Dark (an album that “belongs on a shelf next to Dwight Yoakam’s Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room, Joe Ely’s Letter to Laredo, and yes, even Willie Nelson’s Phases and Stages,” according to AllMusic), and his self-titled 2017 effort (hailed by Rolling Stone as “[h]eavily steeped in his storyteller lyrical style and cleverly framed by uncluttered, acoustic-rich arrangements”). Now with the release of his eighth full-length album To The Passage of Time, which first took shape in a frenetic burst of creativity during quarantine, Eady explores the nuances of aging and loss and the fragility of life. As Eady reveals, the album’s understated power stems in part from the intentionality of the recording process, which involved enlisting Band of Heathens’ Gordy Quist as producer and gathering many of Eady’s favorite musicians he’s played with over the years (including Noah Jeffries on mandolin and fiddle). “This is 100 percent the album I hoped I would make.”

Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is the songwriter’s songwriter and an icon among giants. Native Texan, Crowell is a multi-Grammy Award-winning troubadour with fifteen number one hits. Over the course of his career, Crowell has gracefully blended his own mainstream success as an artist with a prolific catalog of songs cut by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more, making him a master among his peers.
With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Crowell has also been cited as the architect of Americana music, extending his genre reach, but owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his writing, he has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell is also the author of the acclaimed memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, and teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell in 2012, with Karr saying of her collaborator, “Like Hank Williams or Townes Van Zandt or Miss Lucinda, he writes and croons with a poet’s economy and a well digger’s deep heart.” Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2017, and that same year released the album Close Ties, which spawned another Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White in the category of Best Americana Song. 2019’s Texas was a collection of Lone Star-centric collaborations with Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Steve Earle and more, and Crowell’s most recent album release is the 2021 set, Triage.

Crowell came up in Nashville’s songwriting heyday alongside Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle and has continued that legacy of camaraderie and kinship with his peers well into the iconic era of his career. As many say – “your favorite song was probably written by Rodney Crowell.”