Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit to close AmericanaFest 2018

And AUK will be there catering to all your dog/americana related needs. Rolling Stone Country reports: “This year’s AmericanaFest will close out with Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit concert, featuring performances by Jamey Johnson, John Hiatt and Ashley Monroe. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, is an annual benefit for Harris’ animal shelter and dog adoption organization Bonaparte’s Retreat. “Come celebrate the wonderful world of dogs with us,” Harris says of the show in a statement. Continue reading “Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock benefit to close AmericanaFest 2018”

Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees

Don’t get too excited, it’s not coming to the UK, even though we could probably do with our own version of this over here right now. RS Country reports: “An impressive array of Grammy-winning artists, including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and Graham Nash, will embark on a five-city tour this fall in an effort to end the Trump administration’s family separation policies. Organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission, which has been advocating ending the practice of detaining families seeking safety at the U.S. border, the Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families are set to take place from October 23rd to 28th, beginning with a stop at Nashville’s City Winery. Continue reading “Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees”

Phil Madeira “Providence” (Mercyland Records, 2018)

Nashville resident Phil Madeira is an almost perfect example of those “cats” John Sebastian sang about all those years ago. A multi instrumentalist, an in demand session musician, hit songwriter (for Keb’ Mo’, Alison Krauss and The Civil Wars among others) and producer, he’s probably best known as a member of Emmylou Harris’s Red Dirt band and more recently for having helmed (with Harris) two volumes of ‘Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us’, collections of faith based songs sung by several of his famous friends. Continue reading “Phil Madeira “Providence” (Mercyland Records, 2018)”

David Celia and Marla, The Bell Inn, Bath, 17th April 2018

Toronto’s David Celia has seen it all touring extensively across Europe and North America in promotion of his latest album ‘Double Mind‘, so he’s picked up a trick or two along the way. Tonight’s turnout on a cold Tuesday night was below-par by The Bell’s standards but the Canadian singer/songwriter made the best of it early on, acknowledging the fact with a wry joke and pressing gamely ahead. He was joined by Marla, a fellow singer/songwriter from Germany and together they threw up images of a young Gram and Emmylou stepping out for the first time full of hope and fresh original songs of change. The venue lent itself to the atmosphere; The Bell is an intimate and dedicated shrine to the glory years of transatlantic musical heroes. Continue reading “David Celia and Marla, The Bell Inn, Bath, 17th April 2018”

The Guardian talks to Emmylou Harris

Well when we say “talk” we mean fire the usual round of q & as they have on a Saturday with random celebrities, but nonetheless it’s better than hearing Jeremy Clarkson list his ideal dinner party guests as Katy Hopkins, Genghis Khan, King Herod and Goebbels.  Emmylou talks about rethinking her career, laughing with Dolly Parton and shopping with Neil Young (probably best in that order). You can find it over at the Guardian here and while you’re reading it (very slowly) why not listen to 22 of her greatest hits below. Continue reading “The Guardian talks to Emmylou Harris”

Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – Watch

Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris payed tribute to Tom Petty at the Grammy Awards last night. As RS reports: “As colorful images of flowers flashed on screens behind them, the two Nashville singers blended their voices on the title track to Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album, a song that stands as one of the late rock icon’s most country-leaning tunes. Stapleton and Harris’s performance set up the annual In Memoriam segment, which recalled the musical heroes we lost over the past year.” Continue reading “Emmylou and Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Tom Petty at Grammys – Watch”

Emmylou, Steve Earle et al pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch

And so these clips keep coming in and deservedly so. RS reports: “Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Patty Griffin teamed for powerful cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” during a benefit show in Seattle, Relix notes. Petty died Monday at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest. Griffin took on the song with an understated touch, while Earle followed with his thick drawl and Harris delivered the lyrics with verve. All four singers came together for impromptu harmonies, while Matthews sang the chorus with his unmistakable wail. Continue reading “Emmylou, Steve Earle et al pay tribute to Tom Petty – Watch”

Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as the saying goes but imagine being taught the art of writing a song by anyone on this list. Rolling Stone reports: “It’s still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida’s South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. Set for January 12th through 15th, 2018, the event will include appearances from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, classic rock band The Zombies, Indigo Girls’ singer Emily Saliers, fronting her Murmuration Nation Band and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. Continue reading “Emmylou and Earle headline songwriters festival”

Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album

What a line up this record has, the next best thing to being there (or going back in time). Rolling Stone reports: “With songs that have been recorded by an impressive range of artists from George Jones, Skeeter Davis and Roy Orbison to the Raiders, Jefferson Airplane and Kanye West, writer and artist John D. Loudermilk was one of the most diverse and prolific tunesmiths of the 20th century. The author of such iconic hits as “Tobacco Road,” “Indian Reservation,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” and “Abilene,” was the subject of a stellar tribute concert in March 2016 at the Franklin Theatre south of Nashville. Now, an album of that event featuring Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and many more, is set for a September 15th release. See the track listing below.  Continue reading “Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash appear on live tribute album”

Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert

And there’s a nice little clip below from it if you scroll down. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Twenty-six years after her three-night stint onstage at Nashville’s dark and dilapidated Ryman Auditorium helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers, returned to the Ryman for a sold-out show Tuesday night. Harris, now 70, and the Ryman, celebrating 125 years of live entertainment, proved they both remain vibrant and vital elements in Nashville’s rich musical history.  Continue reading “Emmylou Harris plays “At the Ryman” anniversary concert”