Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, BBC Radio, WSJ Café
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's new album, Old Yellow Moon, out now around the world, was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. The two spoke with Weekend Edition host Scott Simon about Old Yellow Moon and the joys of recording their first official collaboration since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as guitarist and harmony singer in 1975 and perform a live take on the album track "Dreaming My Dreams." You can hear the piece at npr.org.
Later that day, Harris and Crowell could be heard again on public radio stations across the country performing at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. They performed four songs from Old Yellow Moon—"Hanging Up My Heart," "Dreaming My Dreams," and "Invitation to the Blues"—as well as two catalog favorites, the Crowell-penned "Till I Gain Control Again" and the Louvin Brothers' "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night." Listen to the episode online at prairiehome.org.
Also part of their release-week celebration last week, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell stopped by the Wall Street Journal's WSJ Café to talk about and perform a couple songs from the new album. You can watch the interview and their performances of "Chase the Feeling" and "Dreaming My Dreams" below, via wsj.com.
Today marks the UK release of Old Yellow Moon. The album has already been received with critical acclaim there, having earned four stars in Q, Mojo, Uncut, the Sun, Daily Express, Evening Standard, and Independent on Sunday and five stars in Country Music People, while BBC Music says "an old alliance triumphs with charm." That alliance was featured last Thursday on BBC Radio 2' s Bob Harris and Friday on BBC Radio Scotland's Another Country, featuring an extended interview, six tracks from Old Yellow Moon, plus other songs written and/or recorded by Emmylou and Rodney. Listen again at bbc.co.uk; the piece begins about an hour in. You can read a Guardian feature on Harris and Crowell and their new album at guardian.co.uk.
Back in the United States, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are the subject of a feature article in the Los Angeles Times. "There's close to 40 years' worth of symmetry on Old Yellow Moon, the new album from longtime friends and country-rock trailblazers Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell," writes the Times' Randy Lewis. "Though it's taken until now for them to make their first full album as duet partners, the singers started out as a couple of unknowns who came together in the vibrant music scene of 1970s Los Angeles."
Crowell tells the Times: "If someone asked me to describe my friendship, my relationship, with Emmylou, I'd say it's a 40-year conversation. Because that's really what it is. It's a conversation, mostly subjective. 'What's going on with you?' That's also the beauty of songs at their very best—and that's why we need a producer, so we can live an entirely subjective existence."
Read the article at latimes.com.
Old Yellow Moon was produced by Brian Ahern (Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison). In addition to Harris and Crowell, the album features world-renowned musicians including Stuart Duncan, Vince Gill, and Bill Payne, as well as members of the original Hot Band. To pick up a copy of the album, head to iTunes or to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.
Watch "Dreaming My Dreams" via WSJ.com:
Watch "Chasing the Feeling" via WSJ.com:
Watch Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell talk with WSJ Café: