Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell's New Album, "Old Yellow Moon," Out Now
Old Yellow Moon, a new collaborative album from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, is out today on Nonesuch Records, with the European release on March 4. The 12-track duets album features four songs written by Crowell as well as interpretations of songs such as Hank DeVito’s “Hanging Up My Heart,” Roger Miller’s “Invitation to the Blues,” and Allen Reynolds’ “Dreaming My Dreams,” among others. To pick up a copy of Old Yellow Moon, visit your local music retailer or head to iTunes or to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.
Harris and Crowell marked the occasion with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. You can watch the full episode at cbs.com.
Produced by Brian Ahern (Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison), Old Yellow Moon is the first official collaboration from the duo since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as guitarist and harmony singer in 1975. 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.
"Then as now," writes Associated Press reviewer Michael McCall, "Harris and Crowell excelled at bringing a fresh perspective to covers of classic country tunes, while pushing the genre toward a new sound built on driving rhythms, crisp musicianship and a wide range of well-chosen songs."
NPR, which put Old Yellow Moon on Heavy Rotation last month, says the album "hearkens back to classic recordings like Harris' Elite Hotel and Crowell's Diamonds and Dirt, and brings the best out of the two veterans."
The album "is a loose-limbed mix of honky-tonk, old-school country and vintage, Topanga Canyon country-rock that draws on their shared past," says the Washington Post's Allison Stewart. "Harris’s voice retains almost all of its silvery loveliness, Crowell’s writing is as tight and sharp as piano wire and Moon just generally sounds as if it was recorded by friends, around a kitchen table, which is partly what happened." Read what Harris and Crowell have to say at washingtonpost.com.
"Old-fashioned country never sounded so good," raves Q magazine in its four-star review of Old Yellow Moon. The album "has Harris and Crowell doing some of the best work of their careers." Mojo gives the album four stars as well, describing it as "one of those records where less is definitely more, sometimes as old-timey a a string band barn dance, but one where you're aware the last spin around the floor will undoubtedly prove to be a delight."
Country Music People gives this "magnificent album" a perfect five stars, naming it CD of the Month. Acoustic writes: "Any new duets featuring Emmylou inevitably invite comparions witht he inspired Gram Parsons collaborations of yesteryear. All reservations are swept aside here as Crowell dons the mantle for 12 tracks of California country-rock that blends the sunniest elements of early Linda Ronstadt and Burritors with a twist of George Jones and Tammy Wynette."
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will embark on a series of tour dates in support of the new album next month at the House of Blues in New Orleans. The succeeding US tour dates will also feature co-headliner Richard Thompson. Harris and Crowell launch the European leg of their tour in May. For details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.