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US country star Rodney Crowell to play Portaferry

US country star Rodney Crowell plays at the Portico of Ards in Portaferry on Saturday July 28

GRAMMY-winning US country star Rodney Crowell returns to Ireland for a live performance on Saturday July 28 at the Portico of Ards in Portaferry.

Having released 20 albums over the past four decades, the Texan enjoyed five number one singles from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt and has also written and produced for other artists.

A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of the ASCAP lifetime achievement award, Crowell has attracted the attention of everyone from Bob Seger, who covered Shame On The Moon, to Keith Urban, who had a number-one hit with Making Memories of Us.

His latest album Close Ties features It Ain’t Over Yet, a vocal collaboration between Crowell's ex-wife Rosanne Cash and John Paul White, which won Best Song of The Year at the Americana Music Association’s 2017 Honors & Awards.

"I have declared my loyalty to Americana," says Crowell, whose memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks was published in 2011.

"It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell – share a common thread, and that thread is 'poet'.

"Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favour of a singular vision. Which resonates with me."

Support will come from local artist Matt McGinn.

:: Tickets £20 via Porticoards.com or in person at Rock Bakery, Portaferry.

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