1. I always thought competition was for horse races and it never belonged in art. I never felt that competitive with other girl singers, really. I admired them; if I really admired them, I would try to find a way, if it was appropriate, to figure out a way to sing with them. I liked Maria Muldaur when I first started out…Mainly, when I ran into Emmylou Harris, that was it, you know? We could finish each other’s sentences musically, and personally, too. We have a very shared, similar sensibility. And that was a friendship that really opened up a tremendous number of musical doors for me.

    — Linda Ronstadt talking with Terry Gross about competing against other female singers

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  1. Emmylou Harris tells Terry Gross about getting the news that Gram Parsons had died:

    I just got a call from Eddie Tickner, who was Gram’s manager and my manager, and he said, “I have some terrible news. You know, Gram died last night.” And it was such a shock, you know. I think when you’re young, in your 20s, you think you’re going to live forever and you think everybody you know is going to live forever.

    And so it was really difficult to absorb the news and figure out how to grieve, how to go about dealing with this loss of this person who was so important to, you know, as a friend and someone who I cared about very deeply. But also, so much of my life and music, which was so important to me at that point, he was like my teacher and the direction and everything.

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  1. Emmylou Harris tells Terry Gross about learning to sing by harmonizing

    When you sing harmony you’re not thinking about yourself. You’re just paying attention to the other voice and that other melody and it also requires — I’m using this word “restraint” again — but I think that’s a really important part of country music and I think as a singer you must ultimately respect the melody first and then you can go on from there, but it just seemed like I concentrated on the words, the lyrics, the melody and you get outside of yourself somehow and you just enter a different place.

    Video of Emmylou Harris and Barry Tashian dueting on the Townes Van Zandt song “If I Needed You.”

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    Emmylou Harris on Patti Scialfa and her song "Spanish Dancer":

I became a fan of Patti Scialfa’s album that this song is from — it’s called Rumble Doll and I believe it might be as old as 20 years. The album just absolutely floored me. Patti’s voice. Not all great harmony singers — which she is — are good solo singers, but she definitely is. She is an exquisite writer. She writes about the female heart, the poetry of being female in a way that it just — every singer-songwriter, female artist that I know loves this record. It never got the attention it should have. I suppose it will always be overshadowed because she’s, you know, Bruce Springsteen’s wife, but it doesn’t take away from the art, her artistry.
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    Emmylou Harris on Patti Scialfa and her song "Spanish Dancer":

    I became a fan of Patti Scialfa’s album that this song is from — it’s called Rumble Doll and I believe it might be as old as 20 years. The album just absolutely floored me. Patti’s voice. Not all great harmony singers — which she is — are good solo singers, but she definitely is. She is an exquisite writer. She writes about the female heart, the poetry of being female in a way that it just — every singer-songwriter, female artist that I know loves this record. It never got the attention it should have. I suppose it will always be overshadowed because she’s, you know, Bruce Springsteen’s wife, but it doesn’t take away from the art, her artistry.

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    Emmylou Harris famously got her big break singing back-up for Gram Parsons and she talks about that on the show today, as well as how she got — and handled — the news of his 1973 death from an overdose in Joshua Tree.

    A number of years ago the poet Eileen Myles bought a Parsons album at Amoeba Records in LA and fell in love with the music she heard on it. A couple years later, she wrote this great piece for Coldfront Magazine about that album and her Johnny-come-lately love for the guy and the stuff he made.

    Gram Parsons (Archives Vol. 1):

    I had a friend in high school also named Eileen and she was always several steps ahead of me in terms of music. She loved music and was also obsessed with cute boys and Gram Parsons was one and I remember her talking about him in the late 60s I guess when he was still alive. His name has simply bobbed around in my memory for about 38 years till I was walking through Amoeba one aimless spring afternoon. It was one of those special CDs the staff picks. I picked up Gram Parsons, finally: who is this guy, and agreed with Eileen like it was yesterday yes he is very cute. Gram Parsons in the accompanying CD pamphlet is sitting in ruffled shirts looking gorgeous and dizzy and drunk. There’s all goofing around pictures in there like he’s one of your friends. Really more fond than the standard butch presentation of rock and roll. He’s a little brother. Who fathered a lot.

    The article also has some fantastic clips embedded, for what it’s worth.

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  1. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are on the show tomorrow talking about their new album Old Yellow Moon. I just listened to the interview and, well, I laughed and I cried. They’re both just so smart and talented and down-to-earth. I’ll just give the short list here of subjects discussed: Covering a song already covered by George Jones (interview here), Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, having nice parents, the nature of harmony and duets, Gram Parsons, the Greenwich Village folk scene after its heyday, the fruits of long friendships, love, loss, divorce, and the Louvin Brothers.

    Harris and Crowell have been friends and collaborators since they met in 1974. Above, is a video (circa the early 1980s I’m guessing, based on the perm) of the two of them singing the classic Louvin Brothers song "If I Could Only Win You Love."


    Here’s an interview with Charlie Louvin from 2010.

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  1. Fangirl dispatch from the office here: Terry just interviewed country music legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell about their new album Old Yellow Moon. The interview will air sometime next week. Harris and Crowell have been working together since the 1970s when Crowell joined Harris’s Hot Band and Terry has interviewed him before (see here), but this is the first time Terry has interviewed Harris. Which makes this very exciting.

    Crowell co-wrote one of my top five favorite songs — "Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight" — and Harris does my favorite version of it on her 1978 album Quarter Moon in A Ten Cent Town.

    It’s just an ordinary story about the way things go

    Round and around nobody knows

    But the highway goes on forever

    There ain’t no way to stop the water.

    That, in my opinion, is some good songwriting.

    Quarter Moon… has a bunch of good songs on it, really.

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  1. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Emmylou Harris’ Hard Bargain, which he says is “the most eclectic and loose-fitting album Emmylou Harris has made in a long time.” View in High-Res

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  1. Fresh Air remembers bluegrass singer Hazel Dickens, who died on Friday, with excerpts from a 1987 interview: "There did seem to be a large space there that women like me and other women that were coming along could fill. And that was to give other women that didn’t want to sing the old traditional songs — to give them something that they could identify with and something that they could sing. I’ve had many women tell me that I was the only woman who came along that was writing songs that they could sing within the tradition." View in High-Res

    Fresh Air remembers bluegrass singer Hazel Dickens, who died on Friday, with excerpts from a 1987 interview"There did seem to be a large space there that women like me and other women that were coming along could fill. And that was to give other women that didn’t want to sing the old traditional songs — to give them something that they could identify with and something that they could sing. I’ve had many women tell me that I was the only woman who came along that was writing songs that they could sing within the tradition."

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  1. Music For Your Monday: NPR Music is streaming all sorts of stuff this week.
Complete albums from:
Emmylou Harris
Steve Earle
Thao and Mirah
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    Music For Your Monday: NPR Music is streaming all sorts of stuff this week.

    Complete albums from:

    Emmylou Harris

    Steve Earle

    Thao and Mirah

    Enjoy!

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