Sitting in what Rodney Crowell’s manager referred to as the “Green Room,” which in all Taos reality was a disheveled backstage dressing room at the Taos Community Auditorium, we could hear the not-so-distant sounds of the musicians on stage at the Big Barn Dance. Crowell was in town for Michael Hearne’s 20th Barn Dance where musicians, sound crews, back stage staff, and most of the audience were wearing cowboy boots and adorned in coordinating attire.

Not Crowell. The Houston-born, Nashville-based musician who had just wrapped the rehearsal for his headlining performance scheduled for later that evening was wearing black and white checkered Vans — the identical surfer-dude sneakers made popular by Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 

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