CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 8

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell harken back to the progressive era of country

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell harken back to the progressive era of country

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Courtesy of SXSW.com

Name: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Country/City of origin: Nashville, Tennessee

Featured track: "Hanging Up My Heart" from Old Yellow Moon

Genre: Country

In one sentence: "[Old Yellow Moon is] not, strictly speaking, a country record – each has veered closer to folk and Americana over the past 20 years – but it follows a proud country tradition that Harris first learned when she sang with Gram Parsons in the Seventies." - Rolling Stone

Why we chose them: The enigmatic darling of country music harkens back to the early days of her career by joining forces with craftsman of songs, Rodney Crowell. The two have a rich history that spans over 30 years and includes progressive country standards like Crowell's "Bluebird Wine," which Harris covered on her 1975 debut album. Harris and Crowell play SXSW on the intimate Antone's stage, offering a rare glimpse into the oft-romanticized era of '70s country music.

SXSW official showcase: Thursday, March 14 at Antone's