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Emmylou Harris has never cut a bad album and has never recorded a false note. She has chosen her songs carefully and while her arrangements have swung from one angle to another, she has never sounded out of place. 1993’s Cowgirl’s Prayer is a straightforward collection — her last before teaming up with mood-master Daniel Lanois — that features Harris delving into the songs of Lucinda Williams (“Crescent City”), David Olney (the spoken word “Jerusalem Tomorrow”), Jesse Winchester (“Thanks to You”) and Leonard Cohen (“Ballad of a Runaway Horse”). Each tune is fused with that particular songwriter’s lyricism and then given the Emmylou Harris twirl, that breathless sense of hope and doom. Harris came close to “You Don’t Know Me” on Butch Hancock’s “If You Were a Bluebird” off her Bluebird album, but here she tackles the Eddy Arnold classic head on. Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss and Ashley Cleveland provide back-up vocals, but Harris has already left country music for the idiosyncratic musings of the singer-songwriter, as Harris herself contributes the touching “Prayer In Open D” to the proceedings.

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my favorite emmylou cd

This is my favorite Emmylou CD. Every song is wonderful and inspirational. I remember driving down highways in Virginia listening to this CD on a late summer evening and feeling like she was speaking to me. Spiritually uplifting.

First Emmylou record I bought

I had read about and heard about Emmylou Harris over the years, but I guess I wasn't "ready" or appreciative of her talents until my 30's. Now I just adore her. If you have the chance, be sure to see her live as well. For those who think she's only country, take a look at the varied body of work this artist has produced. I'm emotionally attached to "Cowgirl's Prayer" for introducing me to her; but it also stands up as a great mix of songs. Favorite tracks include "Lovin' You Again" (why do we always go back?), and the Harris penned "Prayer in Open D". A very good collection before she reinvented herself with Daniel Lanois' production on "Wrecking Ball". She's the real deal.

Prayer in Open D

Was disappointed to see iTunes did not offer Emmylou's "Spyboy," which served as my intro to this track while I was still purchasing CDs. Long after I have given this away, I wanted, at the very least, that one song back. The best I could do, it seemed, was purchase the studio version offered here. While enjoyable, it does not offer the same heartfelt longing her live version does, amidst the sparse instrumentalizions. "Spyboy"'s was leaner, more direct, ached more, and sounded as if it had just been brought off the dusty highway. Since then, like an idiot, I have learned Amazon offers songs by track. Get it there, is my recommendation.


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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