Cowgirl's Prayer

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cowgirl's Prayer, recorded in 1993, was the last album Emmylou Harris recorded before beginning a long association with producer and songwriter Daniel Lanois, creating her band Spyboy, and recording her exit from Elektra with Wrecking Ball. In other words, it was the last "traditional" Emmylou Harris record. Produced by Allen Reynolds and Richard Bennett, it features 11 stellar cuts by songwriters such as Lucinda Williams "Crescent City", Leonard Cohen "Ballad of a Runaway Horse", David Olney "Jerusalem Tomorrow", Kieran Kane "The Light", Eddy Arnold the classic "You Don't Know Me", and, in a welcome change, Harris herself "Prayer in Open D". This is also filled with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cowgirl's Prayer, recorded in 1993, was the last album Emmylou Harris recorded before beginning a long association with producer and songwriter Daniel Lanois, creating her band Spyboy, and recording her exit from Elektra with Wrecking Ball. In other words, it was the last "traditional" Emmylou Harris record. Produced by Allen Reynolds and Richard Bennett, it features 11 stellar cuts by songwriters such as Lucinda Williams "Crescent City", Leonard Cohen "Ballad of a Runaway Horse", David Olney "Jerusalem Tomorrow", Kieran Kane "The Light", Eddy Arnold the classic "You Don't Know Me", and, in a welcome change, Harris herself "Prayer in Open D". This is also filled with Nashville session aces as well as Kane; backing vocalists who include Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, and Ashley Cleveland; and famed bassist Edgar Meyer. The Arnold track, Harris' own composition, and her reading of Williams' "Crescent City" are standouts to be sure, in that Harris allows her voice to move deeper into the lyric than the arrangements would normally allow. But it is on Olney's "Jerusalem Tomorrow" that the weight of the album rests, with Al Perkins' whining pedal steel and Sam Levine's clarinet winding their way through the mix. The story involves a charlatan who heals the sick and makes a mute speak, a false prophet who feels his game is being eclipsed by a strange, wandering Galilean who doesn't charge for his works of wonder. When the false prophet encounters Jesus, he decides to go along with his game as long as his way is paid, and prepares to go into Jerusalem the next day. Given that it is spoken and not sung, Harris dislocates her way of conveying emotion in a song; that she becomes convincing as a male figure is another shapeshift, and finally that there is no overly moral tone in her delivery, but strictly one of empathy, opens up not only the song, but Harris and the rest of the album to an entirely different set of critical criteria. Cowgirl's Prayer is one of Harris' most emotionally honest and musically satisfying recordings that matches the intensity, diversity, and musical ambition of her earliest works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1993
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596154147
  • Catalog Number: 61541

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Sam Bush Fiddle
Trisha Yearwood Hand Clapping, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Edgar Meyer Double Bass
Ashley Cleveland Hand Clapping, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wood Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Kieran Kane Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Larry Atamanuik Percussion, Drums
Sam Bacco Percussion
Grace Bahng Cello
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Mandocello, Hi String Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Tremolo)
Mike Brignardello Bass
Lori Brooks Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Kathy Chiavola Hand Clapping, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Suzanne Cox Background Vocals
Connie Heard Violin
David Hoffner Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass, Acoustic Bass
Mary Ann Kennedy Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Jana King Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Chris Leuzinger Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sam Levine Clarinet, Flute
Al Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Pamela Rose Vocal Harmony
Milton Sledge Percussion, Drums
Jay Spell Piano, Accordion
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Bob Wray Bass
Jon Randall Stewart Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Richard Bennett Producer
Emory Gordy String Arrangements
Allen Reynolds Producer
Mark Miller Engineer
Joe Loesch Special Effects
Robin Lynch Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    CLASSIC EMMYLOU

    This is one of EmmyLou's best! She has long been an under recognized member of the music community, overlooked too many times for awards.
    Her music represents her pure, natural talent.
    "A Ways to Go" in itself is worth buying the CD.

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