Americana literati Rodney Crowell continues down the path blazed by his previous three records with Sex & Gasoline. Crowell bounded onto the music landscape in 1988 with the Top 40 crossover album Diamonds and Dirt, which produced an astonishing five number one singles and a Grammy Award for the single "After All This Time." As part of Emmylou Harris' original Hot Band, Crowell's musical pedigree is unquestionable, at one time even earning him the right to remake Johnny Cash's singular "I Walk the Line" with Cash himself singing Rodney's reworked melody. With his new album Sex & Gasoline, he continues to write about contemporary themes. Sex & Gasoline was produced by the legendary Joe Henry and contains what Crowell says are, "some of the best performances I've given to date." For the new material Crowell and Henry brought in some of music's most skilled sidemen including Doyle Bramhall II (acoustic and electric guitar), Greg Leisz (acoustic and electric guitar, pedal and lap steel, mandolin, mandocello and dobro), Patrick Warren (piano, pump organ and Chamberlin), David Piltch (upright and electric bass) and Jay Bellerose (drums and percussion).
F. Schöler in Stereo 10/08: "Ein glücklicher Mensch
schreibt Lieder über Liebe, Hass und Verzweiflung,
Sehnsucht und Tod, die gerade wegen ihrer emotionalen
Unbedingtheit fesseln und auch mal verstören."