Women Music March 2021 – Day 28 – Emmylou Harris

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Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and has won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2018, she was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harris’ work and recordings include work as a solo artist, a bandleader, an interpreter of other composers’ works, a singer-songwriter, and a backing vocalist and duet partner. She has worked with numerous artists.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Harris spent her childhood in North Carolina and Woodbridge, Virginia, where she graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School as class valedictorian. She won a drama scholarship to the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she began to study music, and learn the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on guitar. She dropped out of college to pursue her musical aspirations, and moved to New York City, working as a waitress to support herself while performing folk songs in Greenwich Village coffeehouses during the 1960s folk music boom.

There is so much more to share about Emmylou and I would urge you to follow the wikipedia link to see all of the awards, kudos, collaborations, etc. she has earned and been a part of over the years.

Discography: (just easier to plug this in, which is what I should have been doing all along.)

Studio albums

26

Live albums

3

Compilation albums

11

Video albums

3

Music videos

10

Singles

70

B-sides

1

Soundtrack albums

1

Christmas singles

1

No. 1 Singles

15

One thing to share:
The May 3, 2017 issue of Rolling Stone talks about the 25th Anniversary concert that Emmylou played at The Ryman Auditorium that reprised the concert playlist she played at The Ryman Auditorium to help save it 25 years earlier. Please read more here.

After learning Emmylou was instrumental in saving the original site of the Grand Ole Opry, she became a hero of mine.

Source: wikipedia

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Great choice. Emmylou Harris is a true class act in my book. I have to say she had not been exactly on my radar screen until a few years ago when I saw her together with John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter. I was really impressed by Harris’ performance. She drew me in right away. There’s just something about her I can’t quite explain.

    As you know, I’m a huge fan of Harris “Trio” collaboration albums with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. When these three ladies harmonize, they sound like angels!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree with everything you say here, Christian. I haven’t forgotten about your Sunday Six, but I’m way behind because I got up late, then headed to my volunteering at the cat shelter and just got home a bit ago.

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      1. No worries, this is supposed to be fun, not some obligation. Volunteering at the cat shelter is very commendable.

        Unfortunately, we just lost one of our three cats. Initially, we had five. They were all feral cats when we took them in as babies nine years ago after their parents had been caught by animal control. We domesticated them.

        The cat we lost was a male. I think he was the most clumsy cat I had ever seen – almost cartoonish. We called him our special needs cat. He was also the most affectionate from all of them.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Awwww so sorry to hear of your cat’s passing. They do become family members. 9 years is a long time to get attached. All of the cats at our shelter come from the streets or from “kill” shelters if they test positive for some of the chronic diseases. If our shelter has room they’ll take them in to the half that houses only those kinds of cats. What amazes me is the passion and dedication the volunteers have for the furbabies.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I truly love this woman. Her and Lorretta Lynn are my favorite country singers. She is like Aretha in a way…she can cover anything and put her wonderful spin on it.
    If Gram Parsons would have lived…we would have had much more great music from those two together.
    Lisa this is my favorite choice you have made so far this month.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy to hear how much you like her music. Gram’s passing and how he passed is a terrible thing. I’m glad Emmylou carries on doing what she does.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I really do. She has covered some Beatle songs and I’m a tough critic of that…she always turns it into her style which is great.

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  3. Dora says:

    Great post. She’s in a class of her own as a singer of ballads. Alison Kraus as well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They have some angelic voices for sure. I just got a chance to listen to Alison with Robert Plant and wow! And awhile back got the Trio albums with Emmylou, Dolly, and Linda. So much good music.

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  4. Aphoristical says:

    She’s very good- stayed in top of her game for a long time. I’ve heard strong Harris records from four different decades.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      She’s one of the greats!

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  5. memadtwo says:

    One of the greats. Impossible to summarize, but you’ve given a good taste for those who aren’t familiar with her music. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I knew you would like her, Kerfe. Glad you liked the selections.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I can’t even begin to pick a favorite song or collaboration. I do have a soft spot for that early work with Gram Parsons though. (K)

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  6. First time I heard Emmy Lou was on a Gram Parsons way back. Her and Gram were made for each other musically. Since then she has been part of my musical journey.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Looks like I need to find the Emmylou/Gram stuff! I enjoy that Trio work also.

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      1. She has so much. I guess it was that intial exposure with Parsons that did it for me. I think it was her first recordings. I love their voices together. Like when she worked with The Band. She seems to gravitate to those hard living guys.

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  7. Sarah Davis says:

    Love Emmylou and am grateful that I have seen her on stage several times. Red Dirt Girl is a favorite. Boulder to Birmingham breaks me open every time I hear it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoy her music.

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