Personalities | Emmylou Harris | Eighties | Rock
(Singer-songwriter, b. 1947)
Possessing the voice of an angel, Harris is one of the most adventurous country artists of the past four decades. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she released a folk album in 1969; but it was her duets with Gram Parsons in the early 1970s that set her on the road. Fine solo sets with Parsons’ backing musicians, including the legendary James Burton (guitar) and Glen D. Hardin (piano) followed.
In 1977 Luxury Liner became her best-selling album, and she worked with Dylan, Little Feat and The Band. Estimable albums ensued in the 1980s, more in the straight country vein including the concept album The Ballad Of Sally Rose (1985) and Trio (1987) with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. The 1990s saw a reappraisal of her direction. With producer Daniel Lanois and Steve Earle guesting, she delivered the atmospheric, rockier Wrecking Ball (1995), and followed it in 2000 with the equally impressive Red Dirt Girl.
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