EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL NOMINATED FOR “BEST AMERICANA ALBUM” AND “BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG” AT THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
THE TRAVELING KIND OUT NOW ON NONESUCH RECORDS
“Classic in every sense of musical accomplishment: from their gorgeous singing and inspiring studio performances to their excellent choice of material…” —NPR Music
“Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are such good solo singers, it’s wonderful to hear them together dueting.” —NPR’s Fresh Air
“Harris and Crowell are hard-wired for good taste and seem constitutionally incapable of making a weak record.” —Chicago Tribune
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are nominated for “Best Americana Album” for their acclaimed duet album, The Traveling Kind along with “Best American Roots Song” for the album’s title track at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
Released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records (iTunes and nonesuch.com), The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends’ first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.
Of the album, NPR Music asserts, “This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other.” while, Rolling Stone praises, “‘The Traveling Kind,’ set to a nostalgic, chugging beat, carves the path for the record, which floats from Memphis grooves to classic, country-infused folk ballads, telling stories of love, struggle and the very special art of confessing to both through lyric…they’ve built their legacies with melodies, lyrics and timeless voices that lace together the most permanent of humanity's living records.”
Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Karr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including “No Memories Hanging Around” as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams’ “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad” and Amy Allison’s “Her Hair Was Red.”
A 13-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. Her most recent solo album, 2011’s Hard Bargain, debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and received tremendous critical acclaim—the Associated Press called it “gorgeous” and said Harris’ “…silvery soprano is in fine form,” while USA Today praised “…exquisite…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. In 2011, Crowell released KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, which debuted at #1 on the Americana album chart and featured specials guests including Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, and Lucinda Williams, among many others. His most recent solo album, Tarpaper Sky, was released in 2014. Crowell’s honors also include an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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