Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Video: Emmylou Harris Performs John Lennon's "Imagine" in "Late Show with David Letterman" Web ExclusiveEmmylou Harris, whose new album, Hard Bargain, was released last week on Nonesuch, performed two shows in Norway over the weekend, at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo on Saturday and Grieghallen in Bergen for Bergenfest on Sunday, at which Harris proved why she is the "Queen of Country Rock," reports the Bergens Tidende.
USA Today's Craig Wilson offers an effusive paean to Harris in his column. "Although she has evolved as an artist over the years—as all good artists do," he writes, "I'm happy to report her voice remains as distinctive as ever ... Harris' newest album, Hard Bargain, was released last week and, like all her others, will take a place of honor on my living room shelf."
Harris appeared on the latest episode of Steve Earle's Hardcore Troubadour Radio show on Sirius XM Outlaw Country, featuring solo performances of songs from Hard Bargain. The show first aired over the weekend, with encore performances this week, concluding Thursday at midnight ET. Harris joined Earle for a very special duet on "Ft. Worth Blues," a song Earle wrote in tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt. You can watch a video of the performance at rollingstone.com.
Harris celebrated the release of Hard Bargain with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman last week. You can watch her performance of the album track "Six White Cadillacs" from the show here. While at the Ed Sullivan Theater, Harris offered the Late Show audience a special performance of John Lennon's "Imagine," which is now available as a web-exclusive that you can watch below:
Emmylou Harris's next live performance comes next week at New York's Town Hall. On May 12 and 13, she will participate in a two-night tribute to her friend, the late Kate McGarrigle, about whom she wrote the Hard Bargain song "Darlin' Kate." Curated by Joe Boyd, who produced the just-released McGarrigle collection Tell My Sister, the concerts will feature performances by Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and her sister Anna, as well as Harris, Antony Hegarty, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. Profits from the concerts will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund. For more information on this and Emmylou Harris's other upcoming performances, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
To pick up a copy of Hard Bargain, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.