Emmylou Harris to Perform from Her New Album in LA, NYC; Her Voice a "Channel for Otherworldly Beauty" (Wall Street Journal)
Emmylou Harris and her band bring the music of her forthcoming album, Hard Bargain, to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles tonight; the album is out on Nonesuch this Tuesday, April 26. The Los Angeles Times, previewing tonight's show, says: "Harris' voice has always been one of the genre's most visible yet its most adaptable to others' idiosyncrasies, and on her new record, Hard Bargain, she very firmly takes center stage with wistful, heartrending tunes that pay tribute to Emmett Till, New Orleans and her late friend, songwriter Kate McGarrigle." Read more at latimes.com.
Harris and the band head next to New York City, where they celebrate Tuesday's release day with a show at Bowery Ballroom. The Wall Street Journal, previewing that show, says: "Her voice remains an open channel for otherworldly beauty, earthy and ethereal in equal measure, and her style retains a rootsy grounding even when she strays from the confines of country. Ms. Harris appears here behind a new album, Hard Bargain, on which she stretches her voice over a wealth of atmospheric story-songs and, in a choice one called 'The Road,' even pays tribute to the legend of Mr. [Gram] Parsons." Read more at wsj.com.
Pre-orders of Hard Bargain in the Nonesuch Store include a manuscript lyric sheet of "The Road," a number of which will be signed by Harris. To reserve your copy, head to the Nonesuch Store now.
Harris spoke about the new album, her life in music, and one of her other passions, baseball, with ESPN. She talks with writer Mary Buckheit about how she first fell in love with the game in 1990, while on the road with mandolinist Sam Bush, and how she became a fan of the Atlanta Braves. You can read the interview at espn.com.