Emmylou Harris played Bowery Ballroom w/ Josh Ritter, Letterman & the Today show (pics & video)
photos by Kurt Christensen
Harris is in a nostalgic mood in “The Road,” a song addressed to Gram Parsons, with whom she made the excellent albums Grievous Angel and Sleepless Nights. Parsons recognized that her surging harmonies worked well in contrast to his baleful croon. For her part, Harris acknowledges in “The Road” that Parsons pushed her to be more daring in every way.
“The Road” is one of two songs on Hard Bargain addressed to a friend who’s gone. The other is “Darlin’ Kate,” a fond farewell to the great singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, who died of cancer last year. Harris’ choice of poetic language may verge on the trite — even The Simpsons and Ronald Reagan have appropriated John Gillespie Magee’s phrase “slipped the surly bonds of Earth.” But it’s the ache in Harris’ voice that delivers the true emotion. [NPR]
Emmylou Harris (whose next NYC show is a Kate McGarrigle tribute) released her new album Hard Bargain this week and celebrated with an intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC Tuesday night that was opened by Josh Ritter (her next headlining NYC show is at the much larger Summerstage), followed by a Letterman performance last night (4/27), and a performance on the Today Show today. Pictures from the NYC show are in this post. More of them with videos from the two TV apperances and a Yahoo session she just recorded, below…