Saturday, October 29, 2022

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY #33 - VA - The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris an All-Star Concert Celebration Live [2016] + CD



VA - The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris an All-Star Concert Celebration Live [2016] + CD

The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration, eld at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The show boasted a set-list spanning four decades of Harris' iconic catalog. Lucinda Williams sang "Hickory Wind," a 1974 Gram Parsons hit later recorded by Harris, who toured in Parsons' band and recorded several albums with the late singer. Another frequent duet partner, Rodney Crowell sang "You're Still on My Mind" - a song he first heard Harris sing when she was playing coffee shops in Washington back in the early Seventies. Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow teamed for "Two More Bottles of Wine," while Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Conor Oberst harmonized on "The Pearl." All were backed by a house band of country greats: Buddy Miller, Don Was, Sam Bush, Audley Freed, Fred Eltringham, Matt Rollings, Greg Leisz and Sara Watkins. Other artists on the bill included Lee Ann Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Coleman, Chris Hillman, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Lanois, Martina McBride, the Milk Carton Kids, Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling, Trampled by Turtles, Holly Williams and Emmylou Harris herself, who joined friends on several tunes. Watch her sing "Boulder to Birmingham" with the entire cast below. This once-in-a-lifetime show was recorded for a live album and DVD, which will be released November 11th via Rounder Records. Also available via Blu-Ray and several combo packs, The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration was created and produced by Blackbird Presents. (Rounder Records)

When you have been a respected and acclaimed roots artist for as long as Emmylou Harris (her solo major label debut was in 1975 but she was working with Gram Parsons in 1972, she’s won 13 Grammy awards, sold about 15 million albums), it’s likely you’ve made a few friends along the way. So, when it came time for a show focusing on her extensive influence, it probably wasn’t hard for band leader Don Was (who else?) to find a few dozen musicians eager to jump at the invitation.  While some may bemoan yet another of these tributes, especially since both Dr. John and Jerry Garcia ones have appeared in the past month alone, it’s impossible to dismiss the accumulation of talent for this performance, recorded back on Jan. 10, 2015. Even with star power such as Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Mavis Staples, Allison Krauss, Sheryl Crow and others, there are another few dozen names who Harris has worked with, especially as a harmony vocalist over the decades, who could have attended. A few, like Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs are conspicuous in their absence. Regardless, there is plenty on this CD/DVD package to satisfy the most demanding country/folk/singer-songwriter fan.  The presentation is as classy and tasteful as Harris has remained through her nearly 40 albums and endless road work over the decades. There are no flowery introductions, and few artists say much about Harris or their association to her. Rather, they just play the songs - most not composed by Harris - that have defined the singer’s extensive if largely hit-free career. (

An absolutely amazing CD and DVD.  No duds on this, even by lesser-known artists. Hard to pick out anything which soared above the generally great performances but Emmylou with John Starling, Herb Pedersen, Sarah Watkins and Sam Bush doing the haunting Kieran Kane song "When we're long, long gone " was outstanding. But for sheer beauty Emmylou's singing Blackhawk with the amazing Daniel Lanois, the writer of the song, harmonizing and playing lovely guitar just will be on endless repeat for me.



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Track list

01 Buddy Miller One Of These Days 3:10

02 Mavis Staples Will The Circle Be Unbroken 4:15

03 Chris Hillman; Herb Pedersen Wheels 3:09

04 Chris Coleman; Holly Williams Orphan Girl 3:52

05 Steve Earle Sin City 4:59

06 Lucinda Williams Hickory Wind 4:21

07 Rodney Crowell You’re Still On My Mind 3:30

08 Lee Ann Womack Born To Run 4:07

09 Emmylou Harris; John Starling When We’re Gone, Long Gone 3:52

10 Emmylou Harris; Daniel Lanois Blackhawk 5:10

11 Mary Chapin Carpenter; Vince Gill All The Roadrunning 4:56

12 Shawn Colvin; Patty Griffin; Conor Oberst The Pearl 5:07

13 Martina Mcbride When I Stop Dreaming 3:38

14 Patty Griffin Prayer In Open D 4:34

15 Vince Gill Together Again 4:12

16 Sheryl Crow; Vince Gill Two More Bottles Of Wine 3:19

17 Kris Kristofferson Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) 3:23

18 Alison Krauss Till I Gain Control Again 5:30

19 Various Artists Boulder To Birmingham 4:01




  1. Hi butterboy, hope to see those pulp fusion compils on your website buddy. Stay safe !

    1. Hi Unknowm,
      The are scheduled for WE 04 December. If I can make it fit earlier, I will.

    2. NICE to hear it. Havr a good one my man.

  2. I just had a chance to watch this video- WHAT A PRODUCTION!
    Thanks' for bringing it to our attention. Thanks also for the mp3.

    Mike M