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Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town [Bonus Tracks]
     

Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town [Bonus Tracks]

by Emmylou Harris
 
Change was in the air in 1978 when Emmylou Harris released her fourth solo album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Her Hot Band stalwart and self-described musical soul mate, Rodney Crowell, was about to depart to pursue his own solo career and to produce his then-wife Rosanne Cash.

Overview

Change was in the air in 1978 when Emmylou Harris released her fourth solo album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Her Hot Band stalwart and self-described musical soul mate, Rodney Crowell, was about to depart to pursue his own solo career and to produce his then-wife Rosanne Cash. Ricky Skaggs, who'd played on Harris's other solo albums, was assuming a more prominent role in the Hot Band lineup, as was Albert Lee, the gifted British guitarist with a natural affinity for traditional country music. And Harris and her husband-producer, Brian Ahern, were looking to add new wrinkles to her sound and repertoire. The result is an album of scintillating textures -- such as the spare, acoustic ambiance that heightens the melancholy in Harris's heartfelt reading of Dolly Parton's "To Daddy"; the lilting folk-country strains spiced with evocative electric piano fills (courtesy Glen D. Hardin) on the cover of Utah Phillips's sweet reminiscence of home and hearth, "Green Rolling Hills" (a duet with Fayssoux Starling); and the edgy, honky-tonk propulsion on a cover of Delbert McClinton's R&B-inflected barroom bruiser, "Two More Bottles of Wine." These songs are indicative of the wide range of material Harris assays here, which also includes two more instant classics from Crowell -- the lustrous, ever-wise "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" and the hard-edged note-to-self, "Ain't Living Long like This" -- as well as a pair of tender reflections from the pen of Jesse Winchester, "My Songbird" and "Defying Gravity." The original album has been bolstered by two live bonus tracks, one a feisty rendition of Guy Clark's "New Cut Road," the other a Cajun-flavored rouser, "LaCassine Special." Some consider this Harris's finest early album; by any standard it boasts an abundance of heart, and then some.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1978's Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town was Emmylou Harris' first deliberate swing for the country music charts -- though she had been there steadily since 1975. Unlike her previous outings, she left pop songs off the record, and for the first time, she released an album without any songs by Gram Parsons in the deck. There are no left turns at all, but that hardly matters because as far as consistency goes, this one delivers in spades, and it's a knockout. Rodney Crowell had left the Hot Band by this time, but he nonetheless contributes two solid cuts here: in the now-classic "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" and his anthem, "I Ain't Living Long Like This." Harris also covers Delbert McClinton's roadhouse standard "Two More Bottles of Wine," Dolly Parton's classic weeper "To Daddy," and a pair of Jesse Winchester tunes with "Defying Gravity" and "My Songbird." Willie Nelson -- beginning his ascent of the outlaw country superstardom movement -- makes an appearance, dueting with Harris on Walter Martin Cowart's "One Paper Kid." But it's the opener, "Easy From Now On," by Susanna Clark and Carlene Routh, that is the album's finest moment. With its long West Texas melody loping through languid paces, it is the very sound of amorous resolve as it comes out of the test by fire. Produced by Brian Ahern, with accompaniment provided by a mutating Hot Band, the record was a hit, reaching number three on the Billboard country charts and number 29 on the pop charts for a crossover success. [The 2004 remastered and expanded edition contains two bonus live tracks in Guy Clark's "New Cut Road" and the Iry LeJeune Cajun standard "LaCassine Special." Liner notes by Holly George-Warren offer a detailed account of the sessions and the time period.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227811129
catalogNumber:
78111

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Viola
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar
James Burton   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Rick Danko   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Nicolette Larson   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,12-string Guitar,Bottle,Gut String Guitar
Dianne Brooks   Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Fishell   Steel Guitar
Wayne Goodwin   Fiddle
Emory Gordy   Bass
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Baritone Saxophone
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
John Ware   Percussion,Drums
Barry Tashian   Accordion,Background Vocals
Mike Bowden   Bass

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Utah Phillips   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Iry LeJeune   Composer
Brian Ahern   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Reissue Producer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Susanna Clark   Composer,Cover Painting
Donivan Cowart   Composer,Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   String Arrangements
Winfield Scott   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Walter Martin Cowart   Composer
Carlene Routh   Composer

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