Pre-Order New Emmylou Harris &
Rodney Crowell Album
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s new album, The Traveling Kind, due May 12 on CD and digitally and June 2 on vinyl, comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Produced by Joe Henry, the album follows the longtime friends’ Grammy-winning first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon.
"Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are such good solo singers," says NPR's Fresh Air, "it’s wonderful to hear them together dueting."
Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store for an instant download of the title track and an exclusive, limited-edition autographed print.
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