If you were hoping to see Rodney Crowell this year, you will be disappointed. The singer is canceling the remainder of his tour for the year. He was also unable to attend a recent awards show, the 2017 Americana Music Honors and Awards. According to CMT, Crowell’s Rosanne Cash and John Paul White collaboration “It Ain’t Over Yet” won the organization’s song of the year award. His album, Close Ties, was also up for Album of the Year.
The announcement for Crowell’s tour cancellation came out on Sept. 20. On his website, Crowell posted a statement regarding the cancellation.
“Regretfully, I must cancel the remainder of the 2017 tour schedule. An impressive team of doctors have confirmed what for the past year I’ve instinctively known: dealing with the root cause of my health issues requires complete rest. For the foreseeable future, with expert medical guidance, my work will consist of quietly encouraging my body to return to its natural state. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Crowell has yet to say anything specific about the health issues he is facing. However, according to Rolling Stone, he was taken to the hospital in October of last year due to “cardiac symptoms.” He was released from the hospital on the same day and went on to perform Waylon Jennings’ “Waymore’s Blues” that same night.
Crowell is a long-time member of the country music crowd. He received most of his success from his 1988 album, “Diamonds & Dirt,” which produced five No. 1 hits. He’s won two Grammys, one in 1990 for Best Country Song and one in 2014 for Best Americana Album. One of his most popular songs is “Old Yellow Moon,” which was a duet with Emmylou Harris.
Another significant part of his past revolves around his family life. Crowell was married to the daughter of Johnny Cash from 1979 to 1992. During that time, he produced the majority of her albums. His latest album, “Close Ties,” came out earlier this year.