Published Dec 05, 2012Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have been playing together since the '70s, so it's only fitting that the two country vets have teamed up for a duets album. Entitled Old Yellow Moon, it's due out on February 26 via Nonesuch.
The collection was produced by Harris' former husband Brian Ahern (Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison). The 12-track collection features four original songs by Crowell, plus a number of cover tunes.
Harris said in a statement, "I first heard Rodney on a demo tape in 1974 and knew immediately from his voice and lyrics he had the right stuff. We met soon after, becoming bandmates in the Hot Band and starting a friendship that has continued and grown over the years. I always hoped we would someday do this record, and now I can finally cross it off my bucket list!"
Crowell added, "The record's overall tone calls to mind that Southern California blend of country music and rock and roll pioneered by Linda Ronstadt, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and, of course, Emmylou and the Hot Band."
Fittingly, the album features cameos from members of the Hot Band.
Pre-order the record here and receive a limited-edition autographed print, along with an instant download of the opening track, the Hank DeVito-penned "Hanging Up My Heart" (originally performed by Sissy Spacek). Listen to the jaunty track below.
Earlier this year, Crowell teamed up with fellow songwriter Mary Karr on Kin, which featured guest vocals from a number of folks including Harris.
Old Yellow Moon:
1. Hanging Up My Heart (Hank DeVito)
2. Invitation to the Blues (Roger Miller)
3. Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa)
4. Open Season on My Heart (Rodney Crowell/James Thomas Slater)
5. Chase the Feeling (Kris Kristofferson)
6. Black Caffeine (Hank DeVito/Donivan Cowart)
7. Dreaming My Dreams (Allen Reynolds)
8. Bluebird Wine (Rodney Crowell)
9. Back When We Were Beautiful (Matraca Berg)
10. Here We Are (Rodney Crowell)
11. Bull Rider (Rodney Crowell)
12. Old Yellow Moon (Lynn Langham/Hank DeVito)