Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell Two Great Talents That Go Together

Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch)
Even though Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have enjoyed a creative partnership dating back to the duo’s first meeting in 1974, the idea of a duet album is something that’s been percolating for nearly four decades.
EmmylouRodney_080614Revisiting past accomplishments is always a risky proposition. While Harris and Crowell do just that by way of the latter’s self-penned “Here We Are” (first done as a 1979 Harris/George Jones duet) or the sprightly “Blueberry Wine,” (originally cut for Harris’ 1975 debut Pieces of the Sky), these old friends pull it off without missing a step. Elsewhere, songs by Roger Miller (the tear-in-your-beer “Invitation to the Blues”), Kris Kristofferson (a snappy “Chase the Feeling”) and Allen Reynolds by way of Waylon Jennings (the harmony-goosed “Dreaming My Dreams”) are all effortlessly executed. Nostalgia may be a harsh mistress but given the deep-seated chemistry between Harris and Crowell, this trip to the past winds up being that rare triumph.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will be appearing in a free show on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with Robert Ellis at Damrosch Park, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. For more information, please call 212-875-5456 or visit lcoutofdoors.org 

Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of theNassau Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), New York Press Association (NYPA) and Fair Media Council (FMC).

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