Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Video: Emmylou Harris Performs Songs from "Hard Bargain" for Rolling StoneEmmylou Harris joined Daniel Lanois and Friends in the festivities at the inaugural Harvest Picnic at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario, last weekend. In addition to performances by Harris and Lanois, the event also featured sets by Ray Lamontagne, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles, and others. Lanois produced Harris’s 1995 album Wrecking Ball, her last studio recording prior to making her Grammy-winning Nonesuch debut with Red Dirt Girl in 2000.
Harris, backed by Lanois and his band, gave "an extended set that kept the crowd upbeat as the sun went down," says Spinner's Jamie Drayton. Covering the concert for the Hamilton Spectator, Graham Rockingham says that among the festival's "memorable moments" was "Emmylou’s entire set." While much of it focused on Wrecking Ball, her collaboration with Lanois, the set also included songs from her recent Nonesuch release, Hard Bargain.
To mark the release of Hard Bargain, Harris stopped by the Rolling Stone magazine offices in New York City to perform a couple of songs off the album. You can watch her solo guitar and vocal performance of "My Name Is Emmett Till" below. To watch her perform "Big Black Dog" and hear the story behind it and to hear her discuss her collaborations with Levon Helm and the late Gram Parsons, go to rollingstone.com.
My Name Is Emmett Till
Next week, Emmylou Harris will be in Washington, DC, to perform at The Kennedy Center for 9/11, 10 Years Later: An Evening of Remembrance and Reflection. The invitation-only event, hosted by Christiane Amanpour, will also feature performances from Wynton Marsalis, Denyce Graves, and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as words from Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice.
For information on upcoming public performances from Harris, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Hard Bargain, Red Dirt Girl, or any of the albums Harris's Nonesuch catalog and receive high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store now.