“Rodney [Crowell] and I had been sort of talking about doing this record, a project together, probably almost as soon as we met,” confides country icon Emmylou Harris of her forthcoming (February 26) collaboration with her ’75 Hot Band sideman in an interview with her label, Nonesuch, smirking, “As the years went by, I don’t know. One day I just thought – it’s getting late.”
That’d be 38 years late. But no need to count when the end result is a 12-track juicy peach of Americana called Old Yellow Moon, rife with stalwart fills from Vince Gill to Stuart Duncan and remaining members of the original Hot Band, and rounded out with harmonies that rival Harris’ run with Gram Parsons back in ’72. Still true blue cathartic and poignant, too: “No more rodeo dances, no more howling at the moonlight/I’m gonna give ‘em up, and I’m hanging up my heart,” Crowell and and Harris swing on “Hanging Up My Heart;” [LISTEN].
Though before chasing that Old Yellow Moon home come next week, brush up on the rest of the stellar interview that Nonesuch put together featuring the magic that never quit when you put these two in a room, living-room acoustic teases of a handful of tracks, and some of the lyrics they’re most fond of dueting, i.e. their fiery cover of Kris Kristofferson‘s “Chase The Feeling,” the two sneering, “You got loaded again/Ain’t you handsome when you’re high:”