Keys to the Highway

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Keys to the Highway
Keys to the highway.jpg
Studio album by Rodney Crowell
Released October 10, 1989[1]
Genre Country
Length 43:12
Label Columbia
Producer
Rodney Crowell chronology
The Rodney Crowell Collection
(1989)The Rodney Crowell Collection1989
Keys to the Highway
(1989)
Life Is Messy
(1992)Life Is Messy1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars [4]

Keys to the Highway is the sixth studio album by country music artist Rodney Crowell, released in 1989 by Columbia Records (see 1989 in country music). It peaked at number 15 on the Top Country Albums chart. The songs, "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway", "If Looks Could Kill", "My Past Is Present", "Now That We're Alone" and "Things I Wish I'd Said" were released as singles. The last single failed to reach the top 40.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written By Rodney Crowell except when noted

  1. "My Past Is Present" (Crowell, Steuart Smith) - 2:49
  2. "If Looks Could Kill" - 3:25
  3. "Soul Searchin'" - 3:57
  4. "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway" (Crowell, Will Jennings) - 4:16
  5. "We Gotta Go on Meeting Like This" (Crowell, Larry Willoughby) - 2:54
  6. "Faith Is Mine" - 4:29
  7. "Tell Me the Truth" (Crowell, Jim Hanson, Vince Santoro, Smith) - 3:35
  8. "Don't Let Your Feet Slow You Down" - 3:18
  9. "Now That We're Alone" - 4:14
  10. "Things I Wish I'd Said" - 4:08
  11. "I Guess We've Been Together for Too Long" (Guy Clark, Crowell) - 2:46
  12. "You Been on My Mind" - 3:28

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

The Dixie Pearls
  • Eddie Bayers - drums
  • Barry Beckett - piano, organ
  • Rodney Crowell - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Hank DeVito - steel guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar
  • Jim Hanson - bass guitar, background vocals
  • Michael Rhodes - bass guitar
  • Vince Santoro - drums, background vocals
  • Steuart Smith - lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Guest musicians

Technical[edit]

  • Tony Brown - production
  • Donivan Coward - overdubbing
  • Rodney Crowell - production, arrangement
  • The Dixie Pearls - arrangement
  • John Guess - mixing
  • Glen Hardin - orchestra arrangement, conduction
  • Steve Marcantonio - engineering, mixing
  • Glenn Meadows - mastering
  • Steuart Smith - arrangement

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 15
U.S. Billboard 200 180

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1989 "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway" 3 1
1990 "If Looks Could Kill" 6 4
"My Past Is Present" 22 12
"'Now That We're Alone" 17 13
1991 "Things I Wish I'd Said" 72

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ AOL Music Profile for "Keys to the Highway"
  2. ^ Keys to the Highway at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  3. ^ "Rodney Crowell Keys to the Highway (Columbia... - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 1989-11-16. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  4. ^ "***: Rodney Crowell: "Keys To The Highway" Colunbia - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1990-01-07. Retrieved 2011-06-21.