Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Heavenly Music of Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
All I Intended To Be
5 tablespoons of Bosco
(Out of 5)

There are not quite enough words in the English language to describe the pure joy I get out of listening to Emmylou Harris. She is the standard that all country singer/songwriters need to set themselves by.

After some musical exploration over her last three albums, Harris is back with an album that really returns full circle to her country roots.

All I Intended to Be, released this past week, is thirteen songs. Six were penned by Harris reminding us of how she is one of America's great songwriters. The balance are covers of some good music and that's part of the joy of listening to Emmylou Harris. When she interprets, for instance, a Merle Haggard tune as she does here, she really takes ownership.

I was also so happy to hear Dolly Parton's voice on the song Gold. Of course the duet of Harris and Parton have provided us some of the best recorded two part harmony over the years.

This album should get more than a few Grammys and CMA awards in the next session. It is that good.

By Allen Bacon, Editor, The Daily Bosco

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