• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 149

    RODNEY CROWELL

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY, A GUITAR, STYLE D-18, NAZARETH, PA., 1951

    Price Realised  

    RODNEY CROWELL
    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY, A GUITAR, STYLE D-18, NAZARETH, PA., 1951
    The headstock bearing the logo C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, stamped internally C.F. MARTIN & CO NAZARETH, PA., the neck block stamped D-18 118657, length of back: 19 15/16 in. (50.7 cm) with case (2)


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    In conversations with Rodney Crowell he has said he is partial to Gibsons and prefers the sunburst finish and sloped shoulders of the J-35. Nonetheless he chose this guitar for his work with Emmylou Harris and her Hot Band.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Rodney Crowell arrived in Nashville, at the age of twenty-two, with a rich and erudite musical background that would help him in his success as a songwriter. He was the son of a honky-tonk band leader, with one grandfather who was a church choir leader, another who played the banjo and a grandmother who played guitar. He traveled in a circle of other Texas song writers of the new wave like Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt and Steve Earle and was quickly employed. After recording some of his work, Emmylou Harris pegged him for her own touring back up group called the Hot Band. Here he worked as a songwriter, arranger and rhythm guitarist as well as starting his own touring band called The Cherry Bombs that included Vince Gill, Richard Bennett, Emory Gordy jr. and Tony Brown. Those that were lucky enough to catch their road act speak in glowing terms about it today.
    Crowell's reputation as a songwriter is well established. His work has been made into hits by Waylon Jennings, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Bob Seger and he has charted fourteen songs in the Top 40. In 2003 Crowell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the AMA award for Song of the Year in 2004 and in 2006 received the AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. With thirteen studio albums behind him he is equally well established as a performer and recording artist.