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Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Emmylou and Ryan and Buddy
Emmylou has never been afraid to try new things.
When I saw her on the Wrecking Ball tour her work with Daniel Lanois clearly alienated a significant minority of the more traditional country fans in the audience.
No surprise then that she enthusiastically embraced the whole new Americana/alternative country/call it what you will movement.
She appears on Ryan Adams classic 2000 solo debut album Heartbreaker on the track Oh My Sweet Carolina.
Whereas her role is more as a backing singer rather than providing harmony vocals I feel that her contribution helps to make an excellent song even better.
I would also like to think that if the boy wonder started any of his brattish behaviour that she would politely but firmly put him in his place.
Buddy Miller is no stranger to Emmylou having toured as lead guitarist and vocalist in her Spyboy Band..
They have also toured together with Patty Griffin, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch as the Sweet Harmony Traveling Review and with Patty Griffin and Shawn Calvin as Three Girls and their Buddy.
Here Emmylou returns the favour by providing the vocals on Why I'm Walkin' from Buddy's 2011 album Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings.
Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Carolina
Buddy Miller with Emmylou Harris -Why I'm Walkin'