By Tony Scherman
Updated February 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

It must’ve been hard for this No. 1 hitmaker to face the truth that in today’s Nashville you can make music that matters or music that sells, but not both. Self-bankrolled and straight from the heart, Kid lands triumphantly in the former camp. A song cycle based on Crowell’s childhood, it rocks hard and is deeply moving — maybe the best album ever from the gifted singer-songwriter. A-