Before tearing into a personalized version of George Jones favorite “One Of These Days” as part of her Saturday performance in Kleinhans, country and folk singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris recalled her revelatory 20s, back when self-proclaimed hippies like she discovered country, then started sifting through the genre’s records “like they were searching for gold.”
Thankfully for Harris – who strummed Saturday night’s delighted Allentown crowd through the twists and turns of her professional life over an intimate 90-minute show – that search helped inspire a songbook that’s still charming audiences over four decades later.
When your career is as prolific as that of the 67-year-old Harris, you have plenty of material to sift through. Her early work with the late Gram Parsons introduced her to fans of the Flying Burrito Brothers founder and his brand of “cosmic American music.” Her ’70s solo work on efforts like “Elite Hotel” and “Luxury Liner” moved her sirenlike vocals to the forefront on both original and remade material; teaming with fellow songstresses Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton shined an even brighter light on both her range and beauty; and her 2014 Grammy-winning “Old Yellow Moon” with former Hot Band guitarist Rodney Crowell proved she still has plenty left in the tank. Read More.