Friday, April 02, 2010

"Boulder To Birmingham" by Emmylou Harris

Birthday wishes go out today to Emmylou Harris, the roots country singer-songwriter whose unique voice and striking appearance belie her low-key performance style...

While my favourite album of hers remains 2000's exemplary Red Dirt Girl, the more I hear of her earlier work the more I like; that goes very much for Boulder to Birmingham, which first appeared on Harris' 1975 album Pieces of the Sky. The song details her grief following the death of her mentor, Gram Parsons, who died of a drug overdose in September 1973 at the age of 26.
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