Friday, September 9, 2011

Evangeline (1981)

Click here for a complete track list and review of Evangeline. Robbie Robertson of The Band wrote the title track.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

With Mark Knopfler: Why Worry

Mark Knopfler's band Dire Straits recorded "Why Worry" in 1985.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sin City

Gram Parsons wrote "Sin City" for the Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 album, The Gilded Palace of Sin.

"Wheels" appeared on the same album.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cimarron (1981)

Click here for a complete track list and review of Cimarron.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

With Solomon Burke: We're Gonna Hold On

An unlikely pairing of Emmylou with one of the original soul men who's still with us – Solomon Burke.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kern River

"Kern River" appears on All I Intend To Be (2008). Merle Haggard wrote "Kern River" and first recorded it in 1985.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

With Ryan Adams: Return of the Grievous Angel

Gram Parsons recorded this song with Emmylou Harris in 1973 for his Grievous Angel album:

Monday, August 22, 2011

With Tom Rush: Louisiana Eyes / Wasn't That A Mighty Storm

Two for the price of one today. When I saw that Tom Rush was on this I knew we had to have it. I discovered, on playing the clip, that there are two songs -- "Louisiana Eyes" and "Wasn't That a Mighty Storm" -- with what looks like David Bromberg as well on the latter track. -Pierre

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Going Back To Harlan

With Spyboy (Buddy Miller on guitar):

From Wrecking Ball (1995). Anna McGarrigle wrote "Going Back to Harlan;" it appeared on Matapedia (Kate and Anna MacGarrigle, 1996).

Harmony with the McGarrigle sisters:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Blue Kentucky Girl (1979)

Track list and review of Blue Kentucky Girl here.

Loretta Lynn recorded "Blue Kentucky Girl" in 1965:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

With Charlie Louvin: If I Could Only Win Your Love

Charlie Louvin wrote "If I Could Only Win Your Love" with his brother Ira.

With Rodney Crowell:

This version features Herb Pederson and Chris Hillman, with an interview after.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

With Lyle Lovett: Walk Through The Bottomland

"Walk Through the Bottomland" appears on Lyle Lovett's Pontiac (1987).

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

With Dick Gaughan: Wild Mountain Thyme

Though not well-known in the United States, the Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan recorded his first album in 1972 and is renowned in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Citizen K. was privileged to see him perform in a small community venue on The Mullet, a remote peninsula in the wilds Ireland's County Mayo. Singing with Gaughan and Emmylou Harris are Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Rufus Wainwright.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

With Gram Parsons: Big Mouth Blues

Gram Parson discovered Emmylou Harris singing in a Washington, D. C. folk club. He asked her to record with him. Videos of Parsons, who who died in 1973 at age 26, are rare. Here he he is with The Flying Burrito Brothers, singing "Christine's Tune" with Chris Hillman:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Luxury Liner (1977)

Click here for a review of Luxury Liner and a track list.

Emmylou Harris was one of the first artists to record "Pancho and Lefty,"

Townes Van Zandt wrote Pancho and Lefty:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Ain't Living Long Like This

From Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town (1978), performed her with Spyboy (featuring Buddy Miller on lead guitar):

With the Hot Band:

Written by Rodney Crowell, "I Ain't Living Long Like This," appeared on his first album called Ain't Living Long Like This (1977). Rodney was an early member of the Hot Band; Emmylou recorded a number of his songs including this one. Rodney Crowell:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

With Buddy Miller: Love Hurts

The incomparable Everly Brothers first recorded the Felice and Boudeleaux Bryant song in 1960:

Nazareth had an unlikely heavy metal hit with "Love Hurts":

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hard Times

With the Kate and Anna McGarrigle, singing Stephen Foster's "Hard Times."

Thanks to Roy for recommending this performance. For more about Stephen Foster, who wrote "Hard Times," click here.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011


With Mary Black and Dolores Keane, from a BBC music special featuring musicians from America and the British Isles which eventually led to the creation of the Trans-Atlantic Sessions.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Elite Hotel (1975)

Click here for the track list and a review of Elite Hotel.

Paul McCartney sang "Here, There, and Everywhere" on The Beatles album Revolver.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Softly and Tenderly

"Softly and Tenderly" appears on Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems (2007). Cynthia Clawson's rendition inspired Harris to record the gospel classic with Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Are You Tired of Me Darling?

A great Carter Family tune with Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent, from Nanci's album Other Voices, Other Rooms.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby

With Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch from the soundtrack to the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and from the subsequent live concert video Down from the Mountain.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rollin' and Ramblin' (The Death of Hank Williams)

Like all country singers, Emmylou Harris reveres the memory and contributions of Hank Williams. "Rollin' and Ramblin' (The Death of Hank Williams)" appears on Brand New Day (1990).

Williams remains a beloved figure 57 years after his premature death at the age of 29. Follow the latest on Williams at John Waugh's blog, A Hank Williams Journal, here.

Hank Williams sings "Hey Good Lookin'".

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pieces of the Sky (1975)

Click here for the track list and a review of Pieces of the Sky.

"Boulder to Birmingham," which first appeared on Pieces of the Sky, is Emmylou Harris's tribute to her mentor, Gram Parsons:

Gram Parsons heard Emmylou Harris singing in a Washington, D.C. folk club and asked her to join his band and record with him. Parsons looms large the single biggest influence on her early records.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Somehow, it seems right to end our 365 days with Emmylou's lovely rendition of Imagine, here. Thanks for joining us.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wayfaring Stranger

Click here for Emmylou's 1975 performance of the gospel classic "Wayfaring Stranger."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mister Sandman

Emmylou going back to the fifties and looking better than anyone ever did in that decade.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I Dug up a Diamond

From the All the Roadrunners tour with Mark Knopfler.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lambs on the Green Hills

Emmy with The Chieftans.