1996 – Nashville

Rodney Crowell is on his way to pick me up for breakfast. I’m standing in the lobby of the hotel wondering why this is happening. I don’t know Rodney that well. We’ve toured together a few times, ran into each other a few times in airports and on street corners in New York.
Like so many events in my life, I’m not sure how I got here, but here I am.

He shows up in a brand new Lexus. This is the first time I’ve been in one, maybe even seen one.
“Nice ride,” I say.
“Yeah,” he says, “Pretty tall cotton.” (That has to be one of my favorite Texas turn-of-phrase.) “You know, I’ve done well, but I never did so well that I wasn’t hungry. I’ve always had to work. All my friends that don’t have to work? Their songs start to suck. They’re not hungry anymore.”

And looking at Rodney’s output, from songwriting, records, touring, producing, books, it shows. He works. He both wants to, and needs to.
Just as there are many ways to get paid, hunger comes in many forms. Call it drive, desire, passion, the need to pay the bills, it’s all the same. It’s that thing, that voice telling you to get busy, the motivating fire to make something. And to do it better, constantly pushing to find something new, to go a little deeper.
Always be a little hungry.

(I took this photo of Rodney Crowell in Nashville on 9.12.16. He sounds better than ever. And that is one nice hat.)

Blanco, TX – Onion Creek Kitchens

6:00 PM
I’m looking forward to this special event at to Juniper Hills Farm.
There will be dinner and a concert for a limited number of people at this beautiful site high up on a hill outside of Blanco, TX. Sibby Barrett and the crew at Onion Creek will be doing the cooking. All you have to do is show up, eat, have a glass of wine, and listen to me. Pretty easy, right?

I’ve done a lot of events with Sibby and co, and take my word  for it, the food will be fantastic.

Seating is limited, so book early.
Price is $95 for dinner and concert

For info and tickets

The menu:
JHF Cheese Platter with House Made Herb Pecan Crackers
Corn and End of Summer Vegetable Soup
Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs
Twice Cooked Potatoes with Garlic and Leeks
Citrus Roasted Salmon with Herb Butter
Hazelnut Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Honey Mint Vinaigrette
Lemon Cheesecake with Brownie Crust
White House Cake with Fresh Strawberries (GF)