Emmylou Harris – Bluebird
I dropped the needle on this classic LP last night, and fell in love all over again. Emmylou is an amazing woman, truly a giant and an inspiration in country music and as a person too. And her voice… oh my. WHAT A VOICE! So smooth yet powerful, utterly gorgeous.
Some of these tunes she wrote herself, and others are covers, but all of them are superb. The album contains her hit song Heartbreak Hill. Heaven Only Knows was used in the Sopranos’ 5th season. Another favourite of mine is A River For Him. What a song!
One wonders if the album’s title refers to the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville as well…
No matter, whenever I play this LP, I’m always surprised when the needle hits the end of a side – I’ve been floating along happily with her voice and the music, and haven’t noticed time has passed!
Here’s the layout of the tracks here:
Heaven Only Knows (Paul Kennerley)
You’ve Been On My Mind (Rodney Crowell)
Icy Blue Heart (John Hiatt)*
Love Is (McGarrigle Sisters)
No Regrets (Tom Rush, cover of the Walker Brothers version)
Lonely Street (Belew/Stevenson/Sowder, a hit for Kitty Wells)
Heartbreak Hill (Paul Kennerley and Emmylou Harris)
I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash/Roy Cash, Jr.)
A River For Him (Emmy Lou Harris)
If You Were A Bluebird (Butch Hancock)
On certain tracks, the album also features the McGarrigle sisters on background vocals and accordion, Bonnie Raitt on backing vocals*, and Marty Stuart on mandolin.
I love it!