Friday, April 29, 2011

You've Been on My Mind

A Rodney Crowell song from "Bluebird".

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hard Bargain

As with Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris' pristine soprano has deepened with the wisdom of age and the travails of experience. Hard Bargain, her new CD, is an autumnal reflection on the events of her past, a farewell to some old friends, and a reminder of the eternal powers of love, justice, and compassion.

In "The Road," she reflects upon her helplessness in the face of Gram Parsons' self-destruction while acknowledging her debt to him. When Emmylou finds a stray "Big Black Dog," she not only finds a friend for life, she discovers that grace is found in the most unlikely places. Throughout, Emmylou ponders love's power and elusiveness, but concludes that "love is always worth it." She sings this with the credibility of a life not only lived, but considered.

A hard bargain life may be, but it is in the end a bargain, if for no other reason than it allows us the chance to explore love in all its pain and wonder. In this quiet masterwork, Emmylou Harris reveals a scarred, resilient humanity whose main quality is a quiet persistent in the face of life's slings and arrows.

The Road
Home Sweet Home
My Name Is Emmett Till
Goodnight Old World
New Orleans
Big Black Dog
Lonely Girl
Hard Bargain
Six White Cadillacs
The Ship On His Arm
Darlin' Kate
Cross Yourself
To Ohio (iTunes bonus track)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hard Bargain Released Today!

Emmylou discusses her new album with the New York Times here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Only the Heart May Know

A duet with Dan Fogelberg. Apparently Dan wrote this for Emmy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Oh My Sweet Carolina

Ryan Adams with Emmy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

I assume this song was named after the great book by Tom Robbins.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


A song from "Last Date" with a later version of the Hot Band. Frank Reckard playing some smoking lead guitar.