On Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL in concert. The duo is touring in support of their brand-new duet album, Old Yellow Moon.
“Old-fashioned country never sounded so good. It might be a record that looks to the past, but it has Harris and Crowell doing some of the best work of their careers.” (Q Magazine)
“Old Yellow Moon is an album that’s smart from top to bottom. Harris and Crowell are hard-wired for good taste and seem constitutionally incapable of making a weak record.” (Chicago Tribune)
The collaborative Old Yellow Moon CD was released last spring to critical acclaim and spent two weeks at #1 on the Americana Music Association’s (AMA) airplay chart. NPR Music called it “… classic in every sense of musical accomplishment: from their gorgeous singing and inspiring studio performances to their excellent choice of material… It hearkens back to classic recordings like Harris’ Elite Hotel and Crowell’s Diamonds and Dirt, and brings the best out of the two veterans.”
Produced by Brian Ahern (Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison), Old Yellow Moon is the first official collaboration from the duo since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as guitarist and harmony singer in 1975. In addition to Harris and Crowell, the album features world-renowned musicians including Stuart Duncan, Vince Gill and Bill Payne, as well as members of the original Hot Band.
A 12-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She has released five albums on the Nonesuch label, the most recent of which was 2011’s Hard Bargain, of which USA Today said, “Her unmistakable soprano, at once grainy and ethereal, still wraps itself around a lyric with an angel’s delicate warmth.”
Crowell is a multi-Grammy Award-winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James and Grateful Dead, among others. His 1988 breakthrough, Diamonds and Dirt, generated five #1 singles and a Grammy Award for the song, “After All This Time.” His critically-acclaimed works – The Houston Kid, Fate’s Right Hand, The Outsider, and Sex and Gasoline were followed by the 2010 release of his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. Earlier this year, Crowell released KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell. The album made its debut at #1 on the Americana and Country Rock chart and spent three weeks at #1 on the Americana album chart. His honors also include an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and membership of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the performance range from $44 to $80 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus. The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.
TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.
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