Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

A Brief History (or Just the facts, ma'am)

Emmylou Harris is truly a modern innovator. For over 20 years, Emmylou has flowed effortlessly between genres achieving popularity in pop, folk, country and now alternative. The common bridge is an exquisite vocal style and a gift for discovering the heart of a song.

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 2, 1947 and grew up near Washington, D.C. As a college student in the late 60's, she sang with a local folk duo and eventually moved to Greenwich Village. She played the clubs on the local folk scene occasionally sharing the stage with Jerry Jeff Walker and David Bromberg.

Discovered in 1971 by Chris Hillman, Hillman brought Gram Parsons to hear her sing in a small club in the Washington D.C. area. In 1972, she answered the call from Gram to join him in Los Angeles to work on his first solo album, GP. After Gram died in 1973, Emmylou went back to the D.C. area and formed a country band, playing with them until her 1975 major label debut, Pieces of the Sky, when she formed the first version of the legendary Hot Band. Over the years the Hot Band included world class players such as Albert Lee, Rodney Crowell and Hank DeVito.

To date, she has released 25 albums which consistently showcase her talents as a singer and a connoisseur of songs. She's won numerous awards, most recent being the 1996 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Which brings us to Wrecking Ball.

In 1995, Emmylou released Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, U2). Clearly a veteran of turning out hit records, Emmylou says, "I feel like I've had sort of a musical renaissance with Wrecking Ball, and I'm ready to go for another twenty years."

After touring extensively, Emmylou released the live album Spyboy in 1998 and in 1999 the long awaited Trio II with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton was met with critical acclaim.

discography

For the song list (and songwriters) for any album, please see Kaoru Kusakai's page

Gliding Bird - Jubilee 1970
Pieces of the Sky -Reprise 1975 (went Gold 10-13-86)
Too Far Gone #73, If I Could Only Win Your Love #4
Elite Hotel -Reprise 1975 (went Gold 7-27-89, Platinum 1998)
Together Again #1, One of These Days #3, Sweet Dreams #1
Luxury Liner-Warner Bros. 1977 (went Gold 2-11-81)
C'est La Vie #6, Making Believe #8
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town-Warner Bros. 1978 (went Gold 3-23-88, Platinum 1998)
Two More Bottles of Wine #1, To Daddy #3, Easy From Now On #12
Profile-Warner Bros. 1978 (went Gold 2-18-81, Platinum 1998)
Blue Kentucky Girl-Warner Bros. 1979 (went Gold 2-18-81)
Save The Last Dance For Me #4, Blue Kentucky Girl #6, Beneath Still Waters #1
Light of the Stable-Warner Bros. 1979
Roses in the Snow-Warner Bros. 1980 (went Gold 4-1-81)
Wayfaring Stranger #7, The Boxer #13
Evangeline-Warner Bros. 1981 (went Gold 10-9-81)
Mister Sandman #10, I Don't Have to Crawl #44
Cimarron-Warner Bros. 1981
Tennessee Rose #9, Born To Run #3, If I Needed You(with Don Williams) #3
Last Date- Warner Bros. 1982
(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date #1, I'm Movin' On #5
White Shoes -Warner Bros. 1983
Drivin' Wheel #26, In My Dreams #9, Pledging My Love #9
Profile II- Warner Bros. 1984 (Gold 1998)
Someone Like You
The Ballad of Sally Rose-Warner Bros. 1985
White Line #14, Rhythm Guitar #44, Timberline #55
Thirteen-Warner Bros. 1986
I Had My Heart Set On You #60, Today I Started Loving You Again #43
Angel Band -Warner Bros. 1987
Trio (with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton) Warner Bros. 1987
To Know Him Is To Love Him #1, Telling Me Lies #3, Those Memories of You #5, Wildflowers #6
Duets -Reprise -1988
Bluebird -Reprise-1989
Heartbreak Hill #8, Heaven Only Knows #16, I Still Miss Someone #51
Brand New Dance -Reprise 1990
Wheels of Love #71
At the Ryman -Reprise 1992
At the Ryman -Warner 1992 video
Cowgirl's Prayer -Asylum 1993
Songs of the West - Warner Bros. 1994
Wrecking Ball- Asylum 1995
Portraits - Reprise 1996
Spyboy - Eminent 1998
Trio II - Asylum 1999
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions - Asylum 1999

Videos

Spyboy - Live from the legendary Exit/In - -Eminent

While not complete, E! has a list and descriptions of several Emmylou video projects.

Back to the beginning

 

Awards

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  • Magazines, Books, etc.

    • May 10, 1999 = People Magazine
    • Emmylou is interviewed in the July 1998 issue of Mix Magazine.
    • Emmylou is featured in Nanci Griffith's book "Nanci Griffith's Other Voices: A Personal History of Folk Music"
    • Emmylou is featured in Joanna Serraris' new book, Steve Earle in Quotes.
    • Emmylou Harris and the Wrecking Ball of Country Music, origanally printed in " Pulse of the Twin Cities."
    • A recent edition of Tower Record's Pulse magazine describes a soon to be released tribute album - The Songs of Jimmy Rodgers, with various artists contributing. Emmy sings backing vocals for Bob Dylan on "My Blue Eyed Jane". The album is due out 7/22 and also features Steve Earle, Iris Dement, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others.
    • Emmylou is featured in photographer Raeanne Rubenstein's new book GONE COUNTRY: PORTRAITS OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S NEW STARS (Macmillan/Schirmer 1997)
    • A great picture of Emmylou ad Grandpa Jones is featured in "Blue Moon of Kentucky", a new book by Les Leverett, former official WSM photographer.
    • "Songs As The Heart of America" written in Japanese, by Mr. H. Osada, features Emmylou on 9 pages. There are pictures as well.
    • Austin American Statesman issue June 20, 1996. Great article and available here.
    • "Where the Music Comes From", by Nubar Alexanian, documentary photographer. Emmylou's pictures are not to be missed.
    • Dirty Linen featured a story on Emmylou in the issue that hit the stands mid-March 1996. (Check out the picture!)
    • Excerpt from the May 1996 issue of Acoustic Guitar.

      Emmylou on Line, commonly known as EOL, is a wonderful newsletter containing up to date schedules of concerts dates, releases, TV appearances and many other good things. Check it out. Contact Cimarron. He's a person, not a listserv and an all around nice guy so just e-mail him and ask to be put on the mailing list. (He's also gracious enough to post a notice on what has been added to this page each week.)

      adapted from an unofficial Emmylou Harris web site by kate@nashville.net


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