Singin' With Emmylou, Vol. 2

Singin' With Emmylou, Vol. 2

by Emmylou Harris
     
 
The second volume of Singin' With Emmylou, a collection of duets and backing vocal appearances by Emmylou Harris, is no barrel scraper. If anything it is even more eclectic than the first. If Volume 1 offered names and historical country music and pop figures, Volume 2 offers the other side of Harris' contributions -- some to lesser-known artists,

Overview

The second volume of Singin' With Emmylou, a collection of duets and backing vocal appearances by Emmylou Harris, is no barrel scraper. If anything it is even more eclectic than the first. If Volume 1 offered names and historical country music and pop figures, Volume 2 offers the other side of Harris' contributions -- some to lesser-known artists, some to artists well outside of the country music confines, and some appearances with grand legends. The set opens with a duet of Harris with Johnny Cash. The song "As Long as I Live" is a Roy Acuff classic. Coming from Cash's 1988 collaborative album "Water From the Well," it is easily the strongest track on it. Along the way there are some soundtrack appearances such as her duet with Patty Griffin on Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Way Beyond the Blue," from the film Where the Heart Is. It is one of Harris' most stirring performances in the last 20 years having a foil that is every bit her vocal equal. There are some killer performances of Harris singing with Bill Monroe, the late Nicolette Larson, Lucinda Williams, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker as well. On the work of lesser known but wildly talented artists such as Barry and Holly Tashian, the Kendalls, Matraca Berg, German country legend Tom Astor, guitarist Albert Lee, Jim & Jesse, Bobbie Cryner, Mike Auldridge, the Woodys, and Billy Joe Shaver, Harris is a forcer who pushes at the margins in the heart of a song, coaxing phenomenal performances -- in most cases from those she is supporting. In Lee's case, nothing could help the song; it sucks eggs and he can't sing to save his life. The duet with Mary Black on Eleanor McEvoy's "Only a Woman's Heart" from 1995 is burning in its honesty. This is a soul-on-fire collaboration despite the balladic nature of the song. Its understatement adds so much weight to the melody and tempo that these women seem to carry the weight of the world inside them. Coming as it does in the middle of the album, it's almost difficult to go on, but there are more jewels, in the mix, but only one of them shines this blue, black, and brilliant, and that's the aforementioned "Beyond the Blue," which seems to be the answer to this one. Look for more volumes in this excellent series because there's plenty more where this came from.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657016428
catalogNumber:
164

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Rodney Crowell   Vocal Harmony
Don Everly   Vocal Harmony
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
Booker T. Jones   Vocal Harmony
Herb Pedersen   Vocal Harmony
Holly Tashian   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Matraca Berg   Composer
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Leo Sayer   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Nicolette Larson   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Composer
Joe Chambers   Composer
Donivan Cowart   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Charles "Chas" Hodges   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Bucky Jones   Composer
Josh Leo   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Dave Peacock   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Vip Vipperman   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Donna Weiss   Composer
Eleanor McEvoy   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes,Annotation
Barry Tashian   Composer
Gretchen Peters   Composer
Ronnie Samoset   Composer
Holly Tashian   Composer
Stuart Coupe   Liner Notes,Annotation
Hazel Houser   Composer

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