Emmylou Harris to Perform on Letterman; NPR's Fresh Air Says New Album Her "Most Eclectic, Loose-Fitting" in Years
Emmylou Harris celebrated yesterday's release of her new album, Hard Bargain, yesterday with a special, intimate performance of all the songs from the album at Bowery Ballroom in New York City (pictured at left). She was joined on stage by the only other musicians featured on Hard Bargain, producer Jay Joyce and Giles Reaves, multi-instrumentalists both on the record and at the show. Harris performs her song "Six White Cadillacs," off the new album, on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. Tune in on CBS starting at 11:35 PM ET tonight. In the mean time, you can watch the video for the song on YouTube and nonesuch.com/media. After tonight's late-night performance, Harris will appear bright and early on the Today show tomorrow morning on NBC.
In a new review of Hard Bargain on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross today, music critic Ken Tucker says: "It takes a lot to get a rise out of Harris, but producer Jay Joyce has succeeded on Hard Bargain," describing it as "the most eclectic and loose-fitting album Emmylou Harris has made in a long time."
Tucker asserts that "an album as lively as Hard Bargain deserves a wider audience," concluding: "It's less fussy, and more invigorating and inviting, than most of what Harris has sung since she first started out with Gram Parsons."
Read more and listen to the review starting this afternoon at npr.org.
NPR member station WNYC's Soundcheck selects the album as a Pick of the Week. "The often-autobiographical songs on her twenty-fifth release offer weary and wise retrospection on some painful memories," says WNYC's Katie Macpherson. And yet, the album also takes those challenges head on. "Tough times, bring it on. You’re no match for this feisty legend." Read more at wnyc.org.
You can hear Hard Bargain in its entirety this week only through a number of online listening parties: at MSN, CMT, and AOL Music. You can also read interviews with Harris about the new album at AOL Spinner and at CNN.com.
For a chance to win a copy of Hard Bargain, along with the lyric sheet that was included with Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the album, head to WomansDay.com. To pick up a copy of Hard Bargain, head to the Nonesuch Store now, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout.
Prior to tonight Late Show airing, Harris participates in a sold-out TimesTalk: A Conversation with Music hosted by the New York Times's Dana Jennings at TheTimesCenter in New York. She heads next to Europe for two shows in Norway this weekend. For more information on upcoming performances, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.