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Emmylou Harris was hardly a country traditionalist. She’d apprenticed with pioneer country-rocker Gram Parsons and could just as effectively sing Beatles tunes as anything by Hank Williams. The 1970s saw a radical shift in the sound of country records as well. The countrypolitan sound engineered by Chet Atkins and Billy Sherrill was being further modernized by the upcoming “Urban Cowboy” phase that would usher in the ‘80s. Blue Kentucky Girl appeared in 1979, just as pop music was getting ready to re-embrace “country” music in a big way. Harris, however, was finding her country roots. The electric guitars still modulated with a rocker’s sense of tone, but Harris’ phrasing was becoming more chilling with each ballad. “Beneath Still Waters,” “Rough and Rocky,” Gram Parsons’ trademark “Hickory Wind” and Leon Payne’s “They’ll Never Take His Love from Me” (popularized by Hank Williams) remain among Harris’ finest performances. While her career was already in full swing, Harris was still only warming up.

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Beautiful, just beautiful, anything by Emmylou is beatiful

good woman

I've been in love with her for over 30 years . . . . what's not to love ?

Emmylou Country Angel

I’ve been a fan for a long time,and Emmylou never disappoints ..her singing and phrasing are spot on as usual. Standouts are the haunting ‘Everytime You Leave’,’Save The Last Dance For Me’ & ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues Sometimes’ featuring my other two Country Angels Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton! I’ve listened to this album for years and it always brings a smile and at times a tear.


Born: April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though other performers sold more records and earned greater fame, few had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing, and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of "cosmic American music" passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young -- not surprisingly an occasional collaborator -- no other mainstream star established a similarly...
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