November 18th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg
November 11th, 2010, 10:00 am by Greg
Two songs into their opening set, Ben Knox Miller of rag-tag Rhode Islanders the Low Anthem announced, “We’d like to invite Emmylou Harris onto the stage.” The headliner made her way to the microphone at center stage, and before joining them for “To Ohio,” she made a correction, declaring, “I invited myself.”
Indeed, Harris seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself during the song, and later when the Low Anthem re-joined her on stage for her own encore of “Evangeline.”
But while Harris’ 90-minute show was good – she is Emmylou Harris, after all, one of the sweetest singers on the planet – it rarely took the next step up to the level of greatness that she’s quite capable of hitting.
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“The first record that I bought was ‘Blueberry Hill’ by Fats Domino, but it was a gift for my brother.
When I really became a record purchaser was when the folk explosion started in the ’60s, so it was probably a Joan Baez album. I was really into Baez and Dylan, Ian & Sylvia and Tom Rush. And it was through them that I got turned onto the folk-blues records by people like Son House and Mance Lipscomb.
I really got turned on to music initially through folk music, but I really can’t think of the first record album that I ever bought.
That’s a great question, and I’m really sorry that I have no answer for you. Obviously, I’m trying to think of something extremely cool.”
Emmylou Harris leads her band the Red Dirt Boys into The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday. The Low Anthem opens the show. Tix are $54.50, $59.50 and $74.50.