Tickets: $70 Front Lawn GA, $40 GA (rear lawn), $10 kids 14 and under (GA rear lawn) (plus applicable service charges).
Tickets are available through TicketsSantaFe.org (505-988-1234 or in person at the Lensic Box Office).
This concert is presented in collaboration with Heath Concerts.
Emmylou Harris first heard Rodney Crowell's music 40 years ago when her producer, Brian Ahern, played her a demo recording of one of Crowell's songs: "Bluebird Wine." "From that first bar of music, I just knew. It was the bomb," recollects Harris. "Bluebird Wine” became the opening track of her 1975 Top Ten country debut, Pieces of the Sky. Crowell went on to become rhythm guitarist and harmony singer in her now legendary Hot Band, and he soon landed his own solo deal with Warner Bros., releasing his Ahern-produced debut, Ain't Living Long Like This, in 1978. Harris would quickly be recognized as one of the finest young song interpreters on the nexus of country, folk, and rock, and Crowell himself would become a sought-after songwriter, producer, and performer, whose work would be covered by Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Etta James, and Bob Seger, among countless others—and continue to be treasured over the years by Harris.
The two old friends just released their first official collaboration, Old Yellow Moon, an album that has been simmering on the back burner of Harris’ mind for years. "I always hoped we would someday do this record, and now I can finally cross it off my bucket list!" she said.
Crowell penned four of the tracks, with the rest of the record being filled out by covers of Roger Miller and Hank Devito, among others. Vince Gill, Stuart Duncan and Billy Payne are featured, as well as other members of the original Hot Band. Brian Ahern, the man who introduced Harris to Crowell's music, produced Old Yellow Moon.
Crowell compares the records sound to the Southern California country rock of Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, and Harris and The Hot Band. Getting back into the studio with Harris, he said, felt "the same as it always had. We were young and foolish and that was lovely and the world was all out in front of us. Then you go on. Emmy and I have always been close over the years, but she went down one road and I went down another, and we'd intersect on occasion. But when we finally got together, it was as if no time had passed. We’re blood in that way."
Singer-songwriter and mandolin/banjo prodigy Sarah Jarosz will open the show. Growing up in Wimberley, Texas, Sarah, a singer from an early age,was 9 years old when she received a mandolin for Christmas. Spurred on by a weekly jam session near her hometown, she worked tirelessly to learn the instrument, picking up clawhammer banjo and guitar along the way. Shortly after turning 11, Sarah traveled to her first bluegrass gathering outside of Texas, the respected Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado, and over the next several years she earned a reputation as something of a young phenom, traveling the festival circuit and channeling the traditions of her musical elders while aspiring to the creative heights of her heroes as well. Now 21 and just a few months away from graduating from New England Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation, Sarah has attracted fans of folk, rock, country and old time music with her voice and multi-instrumental abilities, not only through her records, but also an aggressive touring schedule, sandwiched between academics.