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April 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Duets’ – happy, sad | New recordings

RonstadtLinda Ronstadt, ‘Duets’ (Rhino)

This excellent collection anticipates Linda Ronstadt’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week — a happy occasion, to be sure — but it’s hard not to shed a tear, too, as you listen to these 14 glorious, mostly ballad tracks, not just because they’re mostly sad and slow, but because the famous Arizonan’s tangy, robust singing voice has been silenced forever by Parkinson’s.

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November 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell raucous and romantic | Concert review

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A packed house at Benaroya Hall Tuesday celebrated the alternately raucous and romantic reunion of platinum-haired country sweetheart Emmylou Harris and alt-country Texas bad boy Rodney Crowell, who played in Harris’ Hot Band back in the ‘70s.

It was a sweet night, despite the hall’s amplified sound issues. The accent was on teamwork, not only from the harmonizing principals, but their five countrified assistants, whose blend, drive and mutual empathy reached a level rarely heard outside Nashville.

The two singer-songwriters are on the road promoting their new, knockout album, “Old Yellow Moon” (Nonesuch).

Drenched in classic country and rockabilly, the group hit its stride deep into the set, with the robust twang and Texas shuffle of “Invitation to the Blues” and the infectious backbeat of “Still Learning How to Fly.”

Harris rocked out on the country jangle of “Luxury Liner,” with Australian Jedd Hughes soaring up the neck of his electric guitar. Crowell invoked the winking menace of Jerry Lee Lewis on “I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This,” with Chris Tuttle setting his honky-tonk keyboard afire.

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Comments | More in Americana, Country, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Old Yellow Moon", Concert Review, Emmylou Harris

November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell come to Benaroya

(David McClister) Emmylou Harris’ soprano is one of the most distinctive voices in the business, which is probably why she has always been in high demand as a duet partner throughout her remarkable career. Having paired with everyone from Gram Parsons to Mark Knopfler, her most recent collaboration is with country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. Crowell and Harris…

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Comments | More in Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: Benaroya Hall, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson