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Emmylou Harris

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Acclaimed country singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris has had a prolific career as both a solo artist and a collaborator.

Harris released her first album Gilding Bird in 1969. But it wasn't until she Gram Parsons, former leader of the country-rock band the Flying Burrito Brothers, that her career gained momentum.

She became Parson's protege, singing on his debut solo album 1973's GP and his follow-up 1974's Grievous Angel. But, before his second album was released, Parsons had died of a heart attack.

Harris regrouped from the loss of her mentor and friend, releasing her major label debut Pieces of the Sky in 1975. It featured covers of the Beatles, Merle Haggard and budding songwriter Rodney Crowell. She followed it up with Elite Hotel in 1976.

Two more albums came quickly thereafter, 1977's Luxury Liner and 1978's Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, before Harris shifted gears and turned to a more traditional country sound with her 1979 release Blue Kentucky Girl. It ended up winning the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

The following year, she dueted with Roy Orbison on the single 'That Lovin' You Feelin' Again', which went on to win the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

After releasing more traditional country albums, Harris experienced crossover success when her cover of 'Mr. Sandman', from her 1981 album Evangeline, hit the top 40 chart.

Harris moved to Nashville in 1982 and began writing her own songs. While much of her early records feature covers, Harris co-wrote 1985's The Ballad of Sally Rose and set the stage for the rest of her songwriting career.

In addition to her solo work, Harris has regularly collaborated with other musicians, including Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

In the mid-80s, Harris released the collaborative album Trio with Dolly Parton and long-time friend and collaborator Linda Ronstadt. Trio 2 followed in 1999. She also contributed her vocal talents to the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which won the 2002 Grammy for Album of the Year.

Harris released her 26th studio album Hard Bargain in 2011. That same year, the Academy of Country Music honored Harris with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. In 2018, the Grammys gave her its Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Full name: Emmylou Harris
  • Born: April 2, 1947
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Genre: Country, Americana
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By Helen M Jerome, May 10, 2021

When a 48-year-old Harris stepped through the doors of producer Daniel Lanois’ New Orleans home to make her 18th studio album, little did we know that she’d emerge with this haunting masterpiece.

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By Nathan McLaren Stewart, January 20, 2022

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Emmylou Harris Songs

By Helen M Jerome, December 1, 2021

From first falling in love with Gram Parson's left-field artistry to recording with Linda and Dolly, here we look back at 20 of Emmylou Harris' greatest songs.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSGram Parsons - Grievous Angel

By Hal Horowitz, January 10, 2022

Grievous Angel is an extraordinary entry in the limited Gram Parsons catalog; a true milestone of Americana - or, more aptly, cosmic American music.

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STAFF PICKSEmmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert

By Hal Horowitz, September 1, 2021

A stunning live recording that helps solidify the importance of the three-year stint of the Nash Ramblers, adding another notch to Harris’ impressive belt that every Emmylou enthusiast - and even those that aren’t - will treasure.

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By Hal Horowitz, July 20, 2021

It takes a brave artist to admit “If I’d known what I know a long time ago /I might have made of my life something more”. When it comes to Rodney Crowell, many would disagree; the intimate and often hypnotic Triage shows that he still has lots more to give.