Emmylou Harris Is Everywhere
by Jim Allen | April 2, 2013
As the reigning queen of Americana for four decades and counting (not to mention the godmother of alt country), Emmylou Harris has been an omnipresent figure in music since before some of her disciples were born. Though she became a solo star in the '70s, racking up a string of No. 1 country albums and singles, she has always had the kind of voice that meshes beautifully with a broad range of singing partners.
Harris first caught the public eye as the vocal foil of country rock trailblazer Gram Parsons in the early ‘70s, and forever after, artists all across the stylistic spectrum have been enraptured by her nonpareil pipes, seeking her out as both duet partner and heavenly harmonist. Over the years, she’s lent her voice to tracks by country's heaviest hitters, from Tammy Wynette to Lyle Lovett, but her unmistakable sound has also popped up on tunes by everyone from Solomon Burke and Elvis Costello to Bright Eyes and Vic Chesnutt. Most recently, there's Old Yellow Moon, her new duet album with Rodney Crowell. It’s no overstatement to observe that Emmylou is everywhere. Here just a few of the places she’s been.