THEY COME NO BETTER THAN THIS LADY
Emmylou Harris is no diva. She doesn’t swoop and show off with her singing, finding her power and impact through unique phrasing and an unerring ability to tap into rich emotional wells. One senses the person behind the voice and the songs, a heart and spirit that’s fantastically human in the best of ways, by turns perfectly rough and bewitchingly tender. An elder statesperson for country, particularly what we now call Americana, Harris has remained a high quality class act throughout her long career. She turns 64 today and we wanted to celebrate that fact with a sampling of the great music she’s given us over the decades. (Dennis Cook)
We begin our bday shout-out with Harris and a group of super talented musicians that truly deserved the name The Hot Band.
Emmylou’s first blip on the pop culture radar came with her connection with the late, great Gram Parsons. Throughout her career she’s referenced this relationship and the music they made together. Here’s one of their staples tackled by Harris and Elvis Costello.
While widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of others’ music, Harris didn’t get serious about her own songwriting until 2000’s Red Dirt Girl. Here’s the title cut.
She’s a delight when she kicks up a little dust!
Harris is simply one of the best collaborators and harmony singers of the modern era. Here’s a few of her more notable team-ups.
This clip comes from just weeks ago in Austin. The lady still seems to have plenty of steam in her engine.
We conclude our birthday nod to Emmylou Harris with a pair of killers from a famous appearance on the great British television series Old Grey Whistle Test from 1977.
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