Musical Open Thread: Happy Birthday, Emmylou Harris

She was born in 1947. The phrase ‘forever young’ would seem like an insult to such an ageless lady, so I’ll just hope that we’ll be lucky enough to have her for many years yet!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Will there be cake?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I saw her in concert with Elvis Costello about 15 years ago. Awesome show.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt duets: nothing better.

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    dexwood says:

    Emmylou. My first date with my wife, still (thank you, Toots), was to see Emmylou at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, August, 1974. So many great shows we saw there over the decades before it was shut down.
    Nighty night, Balloon Juice.

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    B.B.A. says:

    It’s an open thread and I have a brother on the spectrum (and I’m close to it), so:

    Happy #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, let's address topics important to our culture like the harm done by anti-vaxxer narratives, the importance of subsidizing community-based care, trains, riding on trains, getting to be conductor of a train, etc. — Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) April 2, 2019

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    PhoenixRising says:

    @dexwood: We saw her at the Lensic with Guy Clark, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Rodney Crowell. What a show.

    Recently Rosanne Cash gave an interview in which she explained that she wrote songs for a long time before realizing that she was allowed to sing them, in public, even though she was never going to have pipes like Emmylou. Emmylou did a project with Linda Ronstadt, recording Rosanne’s song (‘Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions’) that you all want if you don’t have.

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    dexwood says:

    Linda. I’m so old, I saw her at UMBC, outside of Baltimore, 1973, when the Eagles, fuck the Eagles, backed her. I have a story about a fantastic dog who adored Linda’s music, sang along with her and no one else when her albums hit the turntable. Best dog ever. But, really, goodnight.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    She sold out the concert at Skagit Casino a year ago, why the Emerald Queen doesn’t book her is a shame

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    CarolPW says:

    Emmylou is also the founder of Bonaparte’s Retreat, a dog rescue facility. Apparently many of the musicians in Nashville (as well as lots of other residents) have one of her dogs.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @B.B.A.: As the mom of a spectrumite, LOL.

    Ohio Son was never into trains but I know several others who were/are, as well as a fellow extremely interested in airports.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @B.B.A.: I followed that link, it’s an interesting twitter, particularly the tweets on an academic research project on what happened to the sons of slaveholders who lost all their wealth (slaves and more) after the Civil War.

    The sons did not stay poor despite the family ruin, they rebounded because they still had privilege. The unofficial US caste system is robust.

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    Suzanne says:

    I adore Emmylou. The album that she did with Mark Knopfler is one of my all-time favorites.

    Emmylou is ageless. Mark Knopfler is not. LOL.

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    piratedan says:

    i always thought her cover of Blue Kentucky Girl by Loretta Lynn kind of set the bar for “yearning”

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: that’s awesome

    @PhoenixRising: that’s even more awesome

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    Aleta says:

    @debbie: wow. thanks.

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    eemom says:


    LOVE that.

    Also 2:
    Red Dirt Girl
    Going Back to Harlan

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    eemom says:

    ….and there won’t be a mention in the news of the world
    about the life and the death of a red dirt girl named Lillian
    who never got any farther across the line than Meridian

    And the stars still fall on Alabama
    the night she finally laid that hammer down
    without a sound
    in the red dirt ground

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    Mart says:

    @Amir Khalid: Great minds think alike, although my mind may be a bit older… Harris, Parton, Ronstadt 1976, “The Sweetest Gift”

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    NotMax says:

    Really? Six videos? I have a relatively fast internet connection and even so this page takes more than three times as long to fully load when compared to a regular page here. For folks with slower connections page loading must be seriously retarded.

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    debbie says:


    I’m far from religious, but her version of Every Grain of Sand almost makes me wish I could be.

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    Barbara says:

    Emmylou Harris was born in Alabama but was a military brat who spent a lot of her childhood, including high school, in what are now the exurbs of Washington DC. I believe she was performing around DC when she was introduced to Gram Parsons. She was a favorite when I was in college, and somewhere I still have one of her early LPs.

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    Mart says:

    @debbie: I forgot about Wrecking Ball. Checked and I have not uploaded. Now I need to go through the stacks of CD’s to locate and burn. Damn you. Thanks.

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    Mart says:

    @Mart: Whoops, did not notice already on the front page…

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    eemom says:


    Same here with All My Tears.

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    divF says:

    I first saw her perform at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos in 1976, as the opening act for Willie Nelson. Joan Baez came up and sang a duet with her as part of Emmylou’s encore.

    Whenever I listen to “Boulder to Birmingham” and hear the lyrics “the sound Of the trucks as they move down Out on 95” I see in my mind the grade on I-95 as it passes through Woodbridge, VA (where she was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class).

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    laura says:

    Hardly, strictly bluegrass, 1st weekend in October. Golden Gate Park, 5 stages, 3 days. Free. Emmylou is always the final artist on the largest stage to close the festival Sunday evening. Close to heaven.

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