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Emmylou Harris

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Emmylou Harris (b. April 2, 1947, Birmingham, Alabama) is a country, folk and alternative rock musician. In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, both as an interpreter of other composer's works and as a singer-songwriter, she is a sought-after backing vocalist and duet partner, working with numerous big-name artists.

She still embraced country, though. Her Grammy Award-winning 1979 Gold-certified album Blue Kentucky Girl featured straight Loretta Lynn/Kitty Wells-style country and included Harris' #1 smash "Beneath Still Waters", while 1980's Roses in the Snow was another Gold-certified collection of bluegrass and country material featuring Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Douglas.

Harris also found time in 1987 to release a solo album, Angel Band, featuring traditional gospel songs, in which she worked, among others, with rising country star Vince Gill.

Harris the took her Wrecking Ball material on the road, releasing the live Spyboy in 1998, backed with a new band comprising Nashville producer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller and New Orleans musicians, drummer Brady Blade and bassist-vocalist-percussionist Daryl Johnson. In addition to performing songs from Wrecking Ball, the album updated many of Harris' career hits, including "Boulder to Birmingham".

Also in 2000, Harris joined an all-star group of traditional country, folk and blues artists for the T-Bone Burnett produced soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? A documentary/concert film, Down from the Mountain, featured the artists performing music from the film and other songs at the Ryman Auditorium. Harris and many of the same artists took their show on the road for the Down from the Mountain Tour in 2002.

All the Roadrunning, an album of collaborations with former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, was released on April 24, 2006 (April 25 in USA), and supported by a tour of Europe and the USA. The album was a commercial success, reaching #10 in the UK and #17 in the USA. Selections recorded during the All the Roadrunning tour performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre were released as a CD/DVD package entitled Real Live Roadrunning on November 14, 2006. In addition to several of the compositions that Harris and Knopfler recorded together in the studio, Real Live Roadrunning features solo hits from both members of the duo, as well as a few classic tracks from Knopfler's days with Dire Straits. Harris is featured on a tribute album to Joni Mitchell. Called 'A Tribute To Joni Mitchell', the album was released on April 24, 2007. Harris covered the song The Magdalene Laundries (originally on Mitchell's 1994 album, Turbulent Indigo).

1980 ("That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", with Roy Orbison), 1987 (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt), 1992 (Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman, as Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers)
- Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album,


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