Emmylou Harris is a leader in soul and blues rock, and her virtuosic might behind the guitar plays out on stage in 2014. Harris is a big fan of covers, despite her close to 26 studio albums of material. Sure, a lot of her recorded output consists of covers, but she has plenty of originals she brings out for an evening. The most popular may be either “BlackHawk” or “Calling My Children Home.” The former rests in the middle of the setlist to usher in the second part of the show. The latter is a show stopping piece of huge grandiosity, and is usually reserved to close the initial set prior to the encore.
Harris dives deep into the musical lexicon with covers from artists as popular as Bob Dylan “Every Grain of Sand” or as criminally underrated as Jesse Winchester “My Songbird.” This latter track is often reserved as the closing tune for the evening, and it ushers in a huge chant from the crowd.
The only sure bet is a rendition of Towns Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty.” A few songs are cycled out throughout the evening. The newer original “Red Dirt Girl” may be replaced by “Back When We Were Beautiful.” Both songs stand towards the end of the setlist, and the latter may be used as the show closer.
The Steve Earle cover “Goodbye” is oddly placed towards the beginning of the set. Its lyrics of leaving a lover and facing grimness ahead is poignant and perfectly bluesy.
Harris tends to keep the set mellow and down tuned in her classic blues-geared style, only bringing the energy far up for a few select fan favorites.
The below setlist is quite consistent from one evening to the other.
Where Will I Be
All My Tears
Goin’ Back To Harlan
Every Grain of Sand
Sweet Old World
May This Be Love
Waltz Across Texas Tonight
Boulder to Birmingham
Pancho and Lefty
Calling My Children Home
How long is an Emmylou Harris concert?
Emmylou Harris is headlining a show with direct support from Rodney Crowell. This was a popular duo in 2013, and the pair continues this streak through a back and forth set reaching roughly 130 minutes. This is not a traditional opener/headliner arrangement. Crowell plays his own, often acoustic set followed by Harris’ time in the spotlight. Crowell returns to the stage and accompanies Harris for a set of about 100 minutes in length.
Not all shows include an opening stint with Crowell. The 2014 shows that do not, still end up being similar length due to a more upbeat selection of instrumentation from Harris’ backing band who earn notable focus throughout the evening.
Who should I expect to see if Rodney Crowell is not present?
The 2014 tour includes three notable acts with Daniel Lanois as immediate support. He has almost eight records under his belt, including 2010’s most recent Black Dub. His sound merges dub electronic elements with blues and souls for a refreshing change of pace.
Steven Nistor is also an aficionado with electronic and soul, working as a drummer for the alternative rock and hip hop act Danger Mouse. He has two solo records in his name, but he is more known as a producer and studio musician.
Jim Wilson rounds out the offering with his own blues-empowered guitar playing, acting as the main guitarist behind Emmylou Harris.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Emmylou Harris’s tour?
American Express is providing Emmylou Harris presales through their ticket platform. Customers will need not only an account with TicketMaster for purchasing the tickets, but an American Express card as well.
Artist Arena , working through Harris’ official website, also has passwords available and buyers need an account with them. Restrictions apply with only four tickets per account and two tickets for the meet and greet.
Who is Emmylou Harris’ publicist and press contact?
The blues artist works with Sacks and Company, a large publicity firm based out of the United States. Her personal publicity contact is Mary Moyer, who can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also try contacting Carla Sacks direct at Carla@sacksco.com.
“There was a lot of heartache in there, and Harris acknowledged that “Rodney and I love sad songs.” But Crowell’s “Stars on the Water” offered a respite, and Harris twirled around the stage as if her decades on the road were just getting started.” – Greg Knot of the Chicago Tribune
“Being that the performance was on Good Friday, there seemed to be an added note of somberness to the performance. One of Harris’s guitar straps had the image of the Virgin Mary on it. “Spanish Dancer” and “Back When We Were Beautiful” were excellent but heart-wrenching. More upbeat songs like “Hanging Up My Heart” and “Black Caffeine” did not manage to level the mood. I guess that’s what they call the blues.” – Nico Dodd of the George Towner
“While Harris was clearly the headliner, both she and Crowell mixed things up enough to make it feel like a joint performance, with both artists taking turns at the mic, exchanging verses and harmonizing with ease. The show began with some classics, and included four Gram Parsons-related songs sprinkled throughout the set.” – Harold Lepidus of the Examiner
An Evening with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Richard Thompson
Started January 7, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana | Ended December 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee
Emmylou Harris 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Steep Canyon Rangers
Started June 28, 2012 in Apple Valley, Minnesota | Ended October 24, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee
Emmylou Harris 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Kimmie Rhodes
Started April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California | Ended October 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California
Emmylou Harris 2005
Tour Opening Acts: Linda Ronstadt
Started May 27, 2005 in Tampa, Florida | Ended October 30, 2005 in Mountain View, California
Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue
Tour Opening Acts: Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings
Started August 20, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts | Ended August 26, 2004 Rochester Hills, Michigan