Rodney Crowell
American musician
Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell is a Grammy Award-winning musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. He is part of both the alternative country and the mainstream country music camps. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band".
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years With New Album Releases on Sept. 30, First-Ever IBMA Performance
Huffington Post - 5 months
I have always found it a bit ironic that one of the most iconic American bands that plays bluegrass has its roots, not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, but in the shifting sands of sunny Southern California. Note that I said "band that plays bluegrass" rather than "bluegrass band." Because that's what Nitty Gritty Dirt Band leader and co-founder Jeff Hanna calls them. When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started playing together in 1966, the band's unique brand of music didn't have a name. In fact, it is the founding members of NGDB that helped create what we call Americana music today by mixing elements of bluegrass, folk, mountain music, country and western and rock and roll into a sound that was uniquely, you guessed it, American. "Even though, when we started in 1966 -- me, Jimmy and John - we lived by the beach in Southern California, we were drawn to folk music. We called ourselves 'folk puppies.' We weren't into surf music. We were lucky enough to get to see the Dil ...
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Stagecoach 2016: Backstage with Rodney Crowell talking Dylan, Hank, Merle
LATimes - 10 months
Rodney Crowell is one of the most lauded songwriters of the last 40 years, and he's developed a deep catalog of revered songs that have been recorded and performed countless times by other musicians. Probably his best-known is “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” most famously covered by Waylon Jennings,...
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Light Me Up</em>: Chats With Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson, Steve Forbert, and Martin Turner, Plus a Slaughterhouse-Five/James Franco Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 1 year
JAMES FRANCO INTERPRETS SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five gets the James Franco treatment on Audible Studio's audiobook version of the classic. Vonnegut's breakthrough masterpiece brought him international praise and cult status, and Franco's read personalizes the adventures of Billy Pilgrim with a mix of innocence and eventual world-weariness. The below is an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook that gives a taste of the actor's performance... The performance can be downloaded at http://www.audiblie.com ******************************** A Conversation with Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson Mike Ragogna: Chris, Light Me Up, the album not the suggestive overtone, is your band's, what, 20th album? What's the secret to a Bronze Radio Return album these days? Chris Henderson: This is our fourth full-lengther. As for the secret, I don't believe there is one. We are a band of six guys that like writing and playing music. When it comes tim ...
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Review: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell a magical match
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Resembling an older happily married couple that finishes one another's sentences, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell looked and sounded like they'd been performing onstage together for decades Sunday at an acoustic concert at a sold-out City Winery. Technically, however, the longtime friends only...
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No resting on debut laurels for Emmylou Harris-Rodney Crowell partnership
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
The 2013 album co-authored by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, "Old Yellow Moon," was surprising only in that it took so long to happen. It marked the first full-length collaboration between two artists who have been friends and off-and-on musical partners since the '70s, when Crowell played...
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Future Islands Returning to Perform on Letterman’s “Late Show”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
While many are musically stellar, few late night talk show performances reach a point of being memorable. Future Islands’ spring 2014 appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” rocketed past that point. Not simply memorable, it resonated as an instant classic. Highlighted by lead singer Samuel T. Herring’s erratic dance moves and fierce vocal intensity, the band’s mesmerizing rendition of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” amounted to far more than a promo spot. It created an audio and visual experience that countless music fans would come to recognize. While some parody emerged alongside the reverence, there was no denying the impact of the performance. And when the song appeared at the top of many highly-regarded “best of 2014″ lists a half-year later, the performance video made an impact again. On April 28, Future Islands will receive the chance to create another classic “Letterman” moment. CBS confirms that the band will appear as that evening’s musical guest. Actor ...
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Rodney Crowell, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards
NPR - almost 2 years
Accompanied by Ry Cooder's guitar, Crowell offers up a tender take on "God I'm Missing You." » E-Mail This
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Tonight in Music: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, UFOFBI, Long Hallways & More
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
THAO AND THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, SONNY AND THE SUNSETS (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) I first saw folk rockers Thao &amp; the Get Down Stay Down at laidback hippie-fest Pickathon, and I was not prepared. There's verve and soul in Thao's music, but there's a twisting, vibrant energy, too—and that's why seeing her live is so goddamn fun. ERIK HENRIKSEN test EP by UFOFBI UFOFBI, THE WOOLEN MEN, SPOOKIES (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The tagline for new record label Space Cassette is "pop music by the unpopular," a praiseworthy sentiment if ever there was one. Tonight, the folks behind this imprint—former Shaky Hands members Mayhaw Hoons and Alex Arrowsmith, with the Minders' Martyn Leaper—bring that notion to glorious life with this show. It's a celebration of the release of a new split 7-inch featuring the ragged garage pop of Spookies and the ever prolific Woolen Men, and the night also includes a likeminded batch of freaks from Stockholm known as UFOFBI. The trio call to min ...
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Music Review: "Christmas at the Airport" by Nick Lowe
Mother Jones - over 3 years
TRACK 3 "Christmas at the Airport" From Nick Lowe's Quality Street YEP ROC Liner notes: The pub-rock vet portrays a stranded traveler on this wry toe-tapper from possibly the least festive Christmas album ever. Behind the music: In the '70s, Lowe produced upstart artists like Elvis Costello and the Damned. His own music has evolved from snarky pop to a heartfelt rootsy style, reflecting the influence of former father-in-law Johnny Cash, who recorded Lowe's "The Beast in Me." Check it out if you like: Thoughtful vets like Robyn Hitchcock and Rodney Crowell. This review originally appeared in our November/December 2013 issue of Mother Jones.
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2014 South By Southwest Music Festival Releases Initial Music Lineup
Huffington Post - over 3 years
AUSTIN, Texas -- AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The South by Southwest Music Festival released its first list of artists for 2014 on Wednesday, featuring acts ranging from New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu to Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN. The first batch of 183 acts from 27 countries will only be the first of many, said Elizabeth Derczo, publicist for the six-day festival and music conference. South by Southwest was created to showcase up-and-coming acts, build industry contacts and include a handful of established talent. In 2013, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts during the festival that takes over downtown Austin every spring. INVSN is one of the important European acts, featuring Dennis Lyxzen, lead singer of punk bands Refused and International Noise Conspiracy. INVSN is currently on a U.S. tour promoting their new self-titled album. Other international acts include Germany's Hyenaz, Belgium's Sold Out and England's Glass Animals. Dum Dum Girls dr ...
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'Simple Dreams,' by Linda Ronstadt
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Simple DreamsA Musical MemoirBy Linda Ronstadt(Simon &amp; Schuster; 242 pages; $26)As recent news stories about her condition pointed out, Linda Ronstadt doesn't mention having Parkinson's disease in her new memoir, "Simple Dreams," because it went to press before she was diagnosed in June. Well, actually, they do, just barely, a couple of times in "Simple Dreams," as Ronstadt reveals how a smack-addled Gram Parsons passed out after teaching Keith Richards "Wild Horses" in Laurel Canyon, rather than give her a ride home in Hollywood as promised. Ronstadt was too classy to ever fully embrace the role of rocker chick, a miscasting that was nonetheless to the delight of millions of lads who had her posters on their walls during her '70s heyday. When she gets around to working with orchestrator Nelson Riddle, theatrical legend Joe Papp and the leading lights of Mexican music in the '80s, these have the effect of providing rescue moments in the narrative, even if she's too - you know - ...
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Harris, Crowell win 2 trophies at Americana Awards
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The power of two voices raised in harmony was on display Wednesday night at the Americana Music Honors &amp; Awards as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the husband-wife duo Shovels &amp; Rope earned top honors.
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Yoakam, Harris, Crowell win big at Americana awards
The Tennessean - over 3 years
More than half of the top prizes at the 12th annual awards show - recognizing musicians inspired by American folk, country, blues, gospel and rock 'n' roll - went to two musical pairs with local ties. Revered Nashville songsmiths Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell took home duo/group and album of the year honors, while roots-rock newcomers Shovels &amp; Rope - featuring Nashville native Cary Ann Hearst - won emerging artist and song of the year awards.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Chris Hayes And 'Room 237'
NPR - almost 4 years
Harris and Crowell always wanted to make an album together, but they never got around to it until now. After hosting a Sunday morning show on MSNBC, Hayes is making the move to weeknights. Obsessive fans of Kubrick's The Shining search for clues as to what the film is really about. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Concert review: Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell brought their opening act, Richard Thompson, back on stage with them Wednesday at Symphony Center for a well-deserved encore. Thompson melted in with the band for a while, then stepped out to trade guitar solos as Crowell’s “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” stretched out. With each turn on the instrument, Thompson found new harmonic avenues to explore and explode.
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Stephanie Keller: SXSW 2013 Recap: A Happy Parade of Magical and WTF Moments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's no secret that the South by Southwest festival has become a major go-to platform for all things music, spectacle and branding and every year Austin locals celebrate and brace for March when the city will be bum-rushed by 30,000 people on work/play vacation. It's a time when sponsored parties venues are hot as Super Bowl ad space, businesses bring their marketing A-game and nothing is too outrageous. Over 2000 bands fly in for the chance to play in anything from a bar to a church to a barnyard. To actively participate in the 10 days of festivities usually results in weariness and exhaustion from another dimension, but inside the mayhem are memorable sparks of genius that inspire my return every year. For 2013, noteworthy activity started off at the beginning of Interactive with a visit to the one and only Grumpy Cat, who was camped out and accepting visitors at the Mashable tent. The meme brought to life attracted some of the longest lines I saw throughout the entire ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rodney Crowell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 64
    2015 Rodney Crowell sings on Jewels' album Picking up the Pieces (Sugar Hill) the song which features Rodney's vocals on the song "It Doesn't Hurt Right Now".
    More Details Hide Details Americana Music Honors & Awards Academy of Country Music Awards Country Music Association Awards Grammy Awards
    On 11 May 2015, Crowell and Emmylou Harris released The Travelling Kind on Nonesuch Records.
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  • 2014
    Age 63
    In the fall of 2014, Crowell was hired as music director for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light (film).
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    Crowell released his first album on New West Records, Tarpaper Sky, on April 15, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Crowell co-produced the record with his long-time collaborator, Steuart Smith.
    On January 26, 2014, Crowell won his second Grammy Award when Old Yellow Moon won the Grammy for Best Americana Album.
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  • 2013
    Age 62
    In 2013, the album won the Americana Music Awards' Album of the Year award and Crowell and Harris were named group/duo of the year.
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    On February 26, 2013, Crowell and Emmylou Harris released Old Yellow Moon on Harris' longtime label Nonesuch Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached Number 4 on Billboards Country albums chart and Number 29 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts.
  • 2012
    Age 61
    In 2012, Vanguard Records released KIN: Songs by Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr.
    More Details Hide Details Karr wrote the lyrics and Crowell set them to music. KIN was Karr's first foray into songwriting. Crowell performed four tracks on the album; one as a duet with Kris Kristofferson. A variety of other artists recorded the other songs on the album, including Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris.
  • 2011
    Age 60
    Vintage Books published Crowell's memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, in 2011. “Chinaberry Sidewalks” focuses primarily on Crowell's relationship with his parents’ marriage and his own early years growing up in Houston, Texas.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 58
    Crowell produced Chely Wright's 2009 album, Lifted Off the Ground.
    More Details Hide Details Wright also made a cameo appearance in Crowell's 2008 music video for his single "Sex and Gasoline".
    In 2009, Crowell wrote Wynonna Judd's title track to her album Sing: Chapter 1, which also was released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The song was given several electronic dance music remixes, and sent to dance radio as Judd's second release from the album. In August 2009, the single reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    Crowell released his next album, Sex and Gasoline, on Yep Roc Records in 2008, ending his relationship with Sony Music.
    More Details Hide Details The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Crowell figures prominently in musician-neuroscientist Daniel Levitin's book The World in Six Songs for which he was interviewed, and three Crowell songs, "Shame On The Moon," "I Know Love Is All I Need" and "I Walk the Line (Revisited)" are featured in the book.
  • 2007
    Age 56
    In 2007, Rodney Crowell was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame.
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  • 2005
    Age 54
    In 2005, Crowell served as producer for established Irish singer/songwriter Kieran Goss on the album "Blue Sky Sunrise".
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    2004 saw the release of The Notorious Cherry Bombs, a reunion of Crowell's 1970s road band, including Vince Gill and Tony Brown.
    More Details Hide Details The future Keith Urban hit "Making Memories of Us" was included on this disc.
  • 2003
    Age 52
    Rodney Crowell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 with fellow inductees Hal Blair, Paul Overstreet and John Prine.
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    Crowell followed up this effort with Fate's Right Hand in 2003 and The Outsider in 2005, both of which appeared on Columbia Nashville, a division of Sony Music.
    More Details Hide Details Leading critics and Crowell consider these three albums his finest work as a solo artist.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 47
    He married Claudia Church in 1998 and they share a home south of Nashville with their dog, Mono.
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    Many songs on the album were semi-autobiographical, and the album included a duet Crowell had recorded and released as a single in 1998 with his ex father-in-law Johnny Cash, "I Walk the Line (Revisited)".
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  • 1992
    Age 41
    After 1992's Life Is Messy, he left Columbia Records and signed to MCA Records where he released two more albums — Let the Picture Paint Itself and Jewel of the South.
    More Details Hide Details Crowell continued to enjoy success as a songwriter in the 1990s and 2000s. Crowell's songs that reached to Top Ten in the country charts in the decade included "Song for the Life" by Alan Jackson, "Making Memories of Us" by Keith Urban, "Ashes By Now" by Lee Ann Womack, and "Please Remember Me" by Tim McGraw. In 2001, after a brief hiatus from recording, Crowell released The Houston Kid on Sugar Hill Records, his first studio album since 1995's Jewel of the South.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    Crowell's "After All This Time" won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
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    He has won two Grammy Awards in his career, one in 1990 for Best Country Song for the song "After All This Time" and one in 2014 Best Americana Album for his album "Old Yellow Moon".
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  • 1989
    Age 38
    His follow-up album, 1989's Keys to the Highway, produced two top 5 hits in 1990, which were "Many a Long and Lonesome Highway" and "If Looks Could Kill."
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  • 1988
    Age 37
    His critically acclaimed album 1988's Diamonds & Dirt produced five consecutive No. 1 singles during a 17-month span in 1988 and 1989: "It's Such a Small World" (a duet with Cash), "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried," "She's Crazy For Leavin'," "After All This Time" and "Above and Beyond" (a cover of Buck Owens' 1962 hit).
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  • 1986
    Age 35
    After producing Rosanne Cash's Rhythm & Romance, Crowell signed to Columbia Records in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details His first album for that label, Street Language, was co-produced with Booker T. Jones and featured a blend of Soul and country music. The album did not chart. Although best known as a songwriter and alternative country artist, Crowell enjoyed mainstream popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    In 1983 Crystal Gayle had a number one Country single with his song "'Til I Gain Control Again" from her first Elektra album, "True Love".
    More Details Hide Details The song was first recorded in 1975 by Emmylou Harris.
  • 1981
    Age 30
    In 1981, Rodney left Warner Bros.' roster, putting his career on hold to produce several of his wife Rosanne Cash's albums.
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    The album Rodney Crowell was released in 1981 (see 1981 in country music) by Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records and was his last album on that label before switching to Columbia. The first album Crowell produced by himself, it reached No. 47 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 105 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The songs "Stars on the Water" and "Victim or a Fool" were released as singles. "Stars on the Water" reached No. 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart, Crowell's highest charting song up to that point. It peaked at No. 21 on the Canadian country charts. "Victim or a Fool" reached No. 34 in the U.S.
    His single "Ashes by Now" from "But What Will the Neighbors Think" reached No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Though he had already several country hits by artists covering his songs (including "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Waylon Jennings, "Leaving Louisiana " by the Oak Ridge Boys, and several covers by Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Reed and others), Crowell got his first big taste of pop songwriting success with "Shame on the Moon". "Shame on the Moon" was recorded on the 1982 album "The Distance" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. Glenn Frey joined Seger on background harmony on the song. Appealing to a broad cross-section of listeners, the song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, topped the adult contemporary chart, and placed in the Top 15 of the country chart in early 1983. The song's dark, poetic and hypnotic style helped boost Crowell's cult status.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    He was married to Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash), from 1979 to 1992 and they had an influence on each other's careers, with Crowell producing most of her albums during that period and her success influencing his songwriting.
    More Details Hide Details They collaborated on a number of duets, including 1988's "It's Such a Small World." Although Crowell and Cash are now divorced, they remain on friendly terms, performing together occasionally. Crowell and Cash have three daughters, Caitlin, Chelsea, and Carrie, and together raised Hannah, Rodney's daughter from a previous marriage.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    Records and in late 1978, released his debut album, Ain't Living Long Like This.
    More Details Hide Details His debut album, as well his following two albums, But What Will the Neighbors Think and Rodney Crowell, were not commercially successful despite garnering a huge cult following. Crowell himself criticized his debut album for not translating onto vinyl the same clarity and energy he felt in the studio.
  • 1977
    Age 26
    In 1977 as a side project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, together with Vince Gill, Tony Brown and others.
    More Details Hide Details One year later, he signed a solo deal with Warner Bros.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    After he sat in with Emmylou at her gig at the Armadillo World Headquarters in early January 1975, she asked him to play rhythm guitar in her backing band, The Hot Band.
    More Details Hide Details He accepted and left the following day to join Emmylou in Los Angeles.
  • 1972
    Age 21
    In August 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and got a job as a songwriter after being discovered by Jerry Reed.
    More Details Hide Details He later met and befriended fellow songwriter Guy Clark, who became a major influence on his songwriting and vice versa. While there, he said, "I got a real cold splash in the face of what real songwriting is about. I started filling my mind with as many symbols and images as I could. I started reading. I got real hungry to have something to contribute". Emmylou Harris had recorded one of Crowell's songs, "Bluebird Wine", on her Pieces of the Sky album and made a request to meet him.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Crowell was born on August 7, 1950 in Crosby, Texas, to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby (Chinaberry Sidewalks, New York: Knopf, 2011).
    More Details Hide Details He had come from a musical family, with one grandfather being a church choir leader and the other a bluegrass banjo player. His grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky tonks. At age 11, he starting playing drums in his father's band. In his teen years, he played in various garage rock bands in Houston, performing hits of the day mixed with a few country numbers.
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