Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell, Colston Hall Bristol July 12th 2015.

It was 1975 when I first bought the album 'Pieces Of The Sky' by Emmylou Harris and fell in love with her pure crystalline voice. Another reason I liked her was she was really nice looking. (I got into Linda Ronstadt at about the same time for the same reason !) In all the 40 years since I had never seen Emmylou play live so I was really looking forward to Sunday's concert. I took my friend Jacquie along with me. I didn't know much at all about Rodney Crowell except that he wrote  'Till I Gain Control Again'  which is my favourite song on Van Morrison's Pay The Devil album. They had played in Spain the night before so they must have been tired but Emmylou, Rodney and their excellent band were all on fine form. Here is the setlist but please let me know if I have made any omissions or mistakes.
'Just Wanna See You So Bad'. ( Written by Lucinda Williams)
'Return Of The Grievous Angel'  ( I first heard this on a Gram Parson's album about 42 years ago which my friend Fred had. Gram co-wrote this song with Emmylou I think. Really nice pedal steel guitar on this one.)
'Pancho And Lefty'  ( Written by Townes Van Zandt)
'Till I Gain Control Again'  ( Sung by Rodney)
'If You Needed Me' ( Also written by Townes Van Zandt I think. Really nice accordion playing on this song)
'Invitation To The Blues' ( A Roger Miller song)
'Red Dirt Girl'  ( Emmylou at her best)
'The Houston Kid' ( Rodney sings one of his own songs)
'Love Hurts'  ( Brilliant classic song)
'Back When We Were Beautiful' ( Wonderful song from one of their duets albums)
'Bring It On Home To Memphis' ( Another great duet)
'Travelling Kind' ( I think they said this was written by Cory Chisel)
'You Can't Say We Didn't Try'  
'The Weight Of The World' ( Really nice keyboard playing on this song)
'Chase The Feeling' ( I think this is a Kris Kristofferson song)
'Dreaming My Dreams' 
'Tulsa Queen'
'Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight' ( Accordion gives this song a nice Cajun feel)
'We Are Counting The Stars'
'Old Yellow Moon' ( One of the highlights for me, a really nice duet)
'Stars On The Water'
'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues' 
'Boulder To Birmingham' ( Fabulous song, my all time favourite Emmylou song which she wrote in the aftermath of the death of Gram Parsons)

                                                                         I think I might have missed a couple of songs where I didn't know the title of the song so didn't write anything down. A big hand for Emmylou, Rodney, their excellent band and especially the road crew for getting the show from Spain to Bristol. What a great night it was.

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