October 31, 2003 |
People will always call her country, but, over the last decade, Emmylou Harris has developed a hybrid sound that layers her crystalline voice over a rich sonic tapestry, weaving together elements of folk, atmospheric pop and exotic rhythm. On Wednesday, the striking, silver-haired singer brought her world-class band to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside in support of Stumble Into Grace, her latest collection of haunting songs, produced by Malcolm Burn. The 90-minute set showcased the 56-year-old roots-music elder stateswoman's late-breaking development as a powerful songwriter.
February 23, 1986 |
Emmylou Harris' 13 (Warner Bros. ) is the plaintive-voiced singer's 13th album, but only the second with new songwriting/production collaborator (and new husband) Paul Kennerly - a partnership that began last year with the release of the ambitious and engaging country "concept" album, The Ballad of Sally Rose. The 10 tracks on 13 aren't thematically linked - they range from a charged- up rockabilly cover of "Mystery Train" to a haunting dirge titled "Your Long Journey" (a synthesizer on "Journey" creates some eerie bagpipe-like sounds)
August 3, 1992 |
"This really is a special night," Ricky Skaggs said at one point at the Valley Forge Music Fair on Friday, and those weren't the words of just another smarmy country singer shoveling the sincerity knee-deep. Skaggs had it right. What made Friday's bill so exceptional were the acts he was sandwiched between. Ralph Stanley, 67, the bluegrass pioneer who gave Skaggs his first job as one of his Clinch Mountain Boys, opened with a vigorous set of old- timey tunes. And Emmylou Harris, who used Skaggs' picking in her Hot Band for three years in the late '70s, headlined with a beautiful set that showcased her new hot band, the Nash Ramblers.
June 3, 1996 |
Emmylou Harris reshaped her persona with last year's Wrecking Ball, a collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois that set the neotraditional country icon's soprano to a set of darkly atmospheric, rhythmically shaded arrangements. Looking out on a bright day from behind Jackie O sunglasses, Harris played a Saturday afternoon set at the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival that took fresh risks. Her 80-minute performance was the centerpiece of a festival that drew 7,000 family types and folkies to a patch of Elmer, N.J., farmland with a bill that included Leo Kottke, Janis Ian, Catie Curtis and Moxy Fruvous.
October 17, 2000 |
"This is the one that got me started on these durn love songs. And that's about all there is," a laughing Emmylou Harris said at the Keswick Theatre on Sunday, before revisiting Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "Love Hurts. " And durn it, that is about all there was: nearly two hours of sad love songs drawn from a career that Harris began as Gram Parsons' musical consort in the early 1970s and that has lately taken her in the direction of the moody, atmospheric Red Dirt Girl (Nonesuch)
March 23, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Before Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell took the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center at the South by Southwest music conference last week, WXPN-FM general manager Roger LaMay introduced the duo by talking about their "musical conversation of 40 years. " That conversation began when Harris was recording her first solo album, Pieces of the Sky , which came out in 1975. The album's producer (and her soon-to-be-husband), Brian Ahern, played a song for her by an unknown songwriter called "Bluebird Wine.
September 13, 2015 |
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are old friends and avatars of important movements underway in traditional country music and Americana, thanks largely to their work, since the mid-1970s. Crowell wrote early signature songs for Harris ("Bluebird Wine" on her 1975 album, Pieces of the Sky ) and played guitar in her famed Hot Band. They're set to perform Sunday at the Keswick Theatre. "We took to each other immediately, felt as if we knew each other forever from the start," Crowell says by phone from the road near Alexandria, Va. When they met in 1974, they shared a record label (Warner Bros.)
May 1, 1988 |
The first volume of The Drifter, a mid-1960s musical-dramatic series that starred Marty Robbins but never was broadcast on television, is being offered to fans on home video. The distributor of the video is Ronny Robbins, son of the late singer. The series' footage was shot in black-and-white in 1965-66, just before color television became common, Ronny Robbins said. "So naturally everyone in television marketing immediately shunned the idea of black-and-white, and the program was never sold for that reason," Robbins said.
October 1, 1999 |
Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt toured the wide world of contemporary songwriting on Wednesday night. Performing for a sold-out audience at the Keswick Theater, they reimagined familiar pieces by John Hiatt and Sinead O'Connor, brought new insight to the works of Rosanne Cash, Leonard Cohen and Paul Anka, and celebrated lesser-known gems by Patti Scialfa, Gillian Welch and the Canadian poets Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The two recently issued a duo recording, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions, and devoted most of the show to its understated pleasures.
November 23, 2014 |
Whether as producer or recording artist, Daniel Lanois is as open and welcoming a presence as his sound. His spacious sound and guidance have been magnetic north for Emmylou Harris ( Wrecking Ball ), Neil Young ( Le Noise ), U2 (several albums, in what's turning out to be that band's prime). He creates a wide berth for adventure. On his new album Flesh and Machine and his 2009 Omni Series boxed set, and in live shows like the one at World Cafe Live on Thursday with opener Lonnie Holley, Lanois creates a twilight sound denser than what he has provided for his collaborator-clients.