KBAM Radio: Emmylou Harris

There’s a certain grace in accepting what your life is and embracing all the good things that have been - but there’s still an expectation of good things to come. Not necessarily what you expected.
— Emmylou Harris


To really understand the allure of Emmylou Harris, we’d recommend listening to a vintage radio broadcast, where Gram Parsons, (whom “discovered” Harris singing in a Baltimore bar and brought her out to California to join his band), describes singing alongside her. “She’s got perfect pitch. When she sings she looks you straight in the eye and you can just do no wrong. She’ll follow you wherever you wanna go.”

Gram and Emmylou’s duos, particularly “Love Hurts”, are true and blue and gutting examples of the kind of whiskey and worn denim country, the two young musicians essentially invented together in the early 1970s. After Gram’s untimely death, (drugs, the desert) Emmylou stood on her own and made a career for herself that is one of the most longstanding and respected in the genre.

Her voice, honeyed, lilting, contains all the pain and hurt and warmth and joy and regret and hope of a woman who has spent her life making music and exploring the world. But Emmylou’s real beauty owes to the fact that she’s never gone bitter, but instead has moved into each phase of her creative life with open heart and open arms.