Harris/Crowell, Della Mae out with new music
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
– Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell teamed up for their second CD together, "The Traveling Kind," out today. Once upon a time, Crowell was a member of Harris' Hot Band. Two years ago, they released "Old Yellow Moon," which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Produced by Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), "The Traveling Kind" comprises 11 duet tracks, including 6 new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Karr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. The disc contains new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including "No Memories Hanging Around" plus Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" and Amy Allison's "Her Hair Was Red."
Bluegrass band Della Mae is out with its second disc, a self-titled affair. The group is down to four after one of its members left. The disc starts with "Boston Town," emphasizing the band's musical roots.
The "Nashville" TV show also has another compilation out of 20 songs from the show. This is the sixth soundtrack album for the American musical drama television series.
Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller is out with a solo disc, "The Traveler." He used Black Prairie, which includes several members of The Decemberists, to back him up.
Texas singer songwriter returns with " The Night Tribe." LaFave has been recording music for more than 35 years.
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The Traveling Kind
Listening to Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell sing together on "The Traveling Kind," their second recent duet album together, is like visiting with old friends. Crowell is a seasoned songwriter, while Harris is relatively new - but nevertheless a quick study - to the writing game, and the songwriting is strong on this album, from start to finish.
The moods range from weepy country ballads, like "No Memories Hanging Round," to more upbeat tracks, such as the chugging »»»
Old Yellow Moon
The good news is that Emmylou Harris' voice is as beautiful as always. She coming up on her 66th birthday here in another month, but her mastery of a song is still as soft and supple as a warm summer breeze. So, too, is Rodney Crowell's voice in as fine form as ever.
Hanging Up My Heart is one example of Emmylou in particularly good voice, and there's some nice solo work, to boot. Black Caffeine has a distinct grittiness to it, and Dreaming My Dream is a pretty tune. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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