12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is about as great as one could hope for, and that's to say it's pretty awe-inspiring. Rodney Crowell was a member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band in the mid-'70s and wrote many songs for her through the years. Harris' ex-husband Brian Ahern, who produced her work in the '70s, also guides these sessions, which feature a number of former Hot Band members: James Burton, John Ware, Bill Payne, Vince Gill, Stuart Duncan, and Steuart Smith. There simply isn't a way for this not to work. The track selection is inspired. Roger Miller's "Invitation to the Blues" is the way to handle a country standard. Patti Scialfa's "Spanish Dancer" puts Harris in the spotlight, with Jim Hoke's accordion following her every step. "Bluebird Wine"—a Crowell song that appeared on Harris' classic debut album, Pieces of the Sky—is revisited and revised. Matraca Berg's touching and vibrant "Back When We Were Beautiful" shouldn't leave a dry eye.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This is about as great as one could hope for, and that's to say it's pretty awe-inspiring. Rodney Crowell was a member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band in the mid-'70s and wrote many songs for her through the years. Harris' ex-husband Brian Ahern, who produced her work in the '70s, also guides these sessions, which feature a number of former Hot Band members: James Burton, John Ware, Bill Payne, Vince Gill, Stuart Duncan, and Steuart Smith. There simply isn't a way for this not to work. The track selection is inspired. Roger Miller's "Invitation to the Blues" is the way to handle a country standard. Patti Scialfa's "Spanish Dancer" puts Harris in the spotlight, with Jim Hoke's accordion following her every step. "Bluebird Wine"—a Crowell song that appeared on Harris' classic debut album, Pieces of the Sky—is revisited and revised. Matraca Berg's touching and vibrant "Back When We Were Beautiful" shouldn't leave a dry eye.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
216 Ratings
216 Ratings
KayCee1940 ,

Old country--the good stuff

This is a wonderful new album. All the songs are sung the good ole country way -- they tell a heartfelt story, and the music puts you in the story and you cry to it. Or, you find yourself clapping your hands to some awesome fiddling and steel guitar playing. Pure entertainment y'all. I love it.

NP Bard ,

As I Remember

This is the style of Emmylou that I remember being introduced to back in the 1970s and 1980s. I love just about everything that she has done over the years. She sings like an angel and makes you feel as though you could sit down with her, have a cup of tea and just talk about anything and everything. A true gift!

Amsskaapipikani ,

Two of the Very Best!

It is really a joy to hear these two playing together again. This is what Country music is supposed to be!

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