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article imageReview: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell rock the Paramount in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 25, 2013 in Entertainment
On March 24, 2013, Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell performed at the Paramount, situated in Huntington, New York.
Richard Thompson Electric Trio was their co-headliner and they played such songs as “Tear Stained Letter” and “Keep Your Distance,” both of which have been recorded by country songstress Patty Loveless.
They commenced their set with “Return of the Grievous Angel” and it was followed by “Wheels” as well as “Pancho and Lefty.”
“Thank you so much,” Emmylou said gratefully and Rodney sang lead on the up-tempo “Earthbound.”
“Thank you for coming out,” Emmylou said as she introduced her “dear friend” Rodney Crowell to the crowd. “We finally settled down and recorded this album. I was so lucky to have him as a songwriter all for myself.”
Rodney continued with “Till I Gain Control Again” and Emmylou soared on the ballad “Tragedy.”
They changed the pace with the up-tempo “Luxury Liner” and it was followed by songs from their newest album Old Yellow Moon, which included “Hanging Up My Heart,” Invitation to the Blues” and “Bluebird Wine,” the latter of which inspired them to record this project together.
“Thank you so much,” Emmylou remarked. “We are going to keep on playing some new songs that we are excited about.”
Rodney praised Emmylou for possessing a “soulful and poetic” voice, as well as “the heart of a cowgirl.”
They performed a stunning rendition of the Waylon Jennings classic “Dreaming My Dreams,” as well as the up-tempo “Chase The Feeling” and “Black Caffeine.”
One of Emmylou’s finest vocal performances of the evening was her delivery of the Matraca Berg-penned ballad “Back When We Were Beautiful,” which is worthy of a Grammy nomination in itself.
The veteran country songstress paid tribute to Patti Scialfa (from the E Street Band and the wife of Bruce Springsteen), by performing her song “Spanish Dancer.”
Following their performance of the album’s title cut, they invited Richard Thompson back on stage and he joined them on “I Ain’t Living Long Like This.”
Rodney was featured on lead vocals on “Still Learning How to Fly” and they closed their set with “Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight,” which resulted in a huge standing ovation.
For their encore, they returned on stage and sang “Stars on the Water” and “Sin City,” which left the Long Island audience in awe of their natural talent.
The Verdict
Overall, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell proved that they are at the top of their game. They harmonized extremely well together. Emmylou possesses one of the most crystalline, timeless and angelic voices of our time. Her pairing with Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson Electric Trio was a match made in country music heaven. They deserve two big thumbs up for a job well done.
For more information on Emmylou Harris and her upcoming tour dates, visit her official website.
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