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.