Midnight Madness w/ Emmylou Harris

by alphamonkey on August 14, 2007 · 1 comment

in Music Videos,Uncategorized

There’s a single voice in the pantheon of country & revival music that gives me chills every time, and it belongs to Emmylou Harris. Over the last 37 years, Harris has occupied an amazing expanse of musical real-estate, working with music icons like Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, The Band and Roy Orbison (to name but a few), either by lending her considerable backing vocals or via some really astounding duets.

Harris is a fine singer-songwriter in her own right, but it’s her penchant for covers that make her such a musical treasure. Like Johnny Cash so famously did, Harris views music as a communal landscape to be shared and reinterpreted with each version, and that knack and passion for recognizing the greatness of a tune makes her one of the best cover artists of her generation. I’ve adored her voice for as long as I can remember (and she remains my longest musical crush), so take a few and enjoy a small sample of Emmylou Harris both on her own, and with some fantastic musical partners.

To the right is the treat of some rare live footage of Gram Parsons & Emmylou circa 1973 performing ‘Big Mouth Blues’, and there’s a whole mess more in the jump. Dig it.

Emmylou Harris performing Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Poncho & Lefty’ in 1977

Emmylou covers Dolly Parton with this version of ‘To Daddy’

Emmylou & The Band taking on Evangaline

Emmylou & the Man in Black tear through ‘Where the Soul of Men Never Dies’ & ‘Shine on Harvest Moon’ (with a little help from Marty Stuart on mandolin on the Johnny Cash Show

Emmylou & Elvis Costello performing ‘Love Hurts‘ on David Letterman

Emmylou & Steve Earle perform ‘Goodbye’

I couldn’t possibly do this post without including this great vocal collaboration on ‘Didn’t Leave No Body But the Baby’ with Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch from ‘O Brother! Where Art Thou?’

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  • Alan

    My Dad saw Emmylou and Mark Knopfler as part of their “All the Road Running” tour last year and he said it was THE best gig he has ever seen. Oh Brother Where Art Thou is in my top ten OSTs. Sweet post.

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