EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL’S THE TRAVELING KIND OUT NOW ON NONESUCH
DUO PERFORM LIVE ON-AIR ON SIRIUS XM’S OUTLAW COUNTRY, HOSTED BY ELVIS COSTELLO
FALL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"Producer Joe Henry smartly keeps both voices clean and sharp in lean, supple arrangements that accommodate the torch and twang of each number — and the wide range of emotions expressed here, from nostalgia and regret to the in-the-moment joy that can endure, and thrive, well past youth.” —USA Today
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s second duet album—The Traveling Kind, produced by Joe Henry—is out now on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the release, Harris and Crowell were featured in a live on-air performance on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, hosted by Elvis Costello. The duo is currently wrapping up a series of performances in the US before beginning their The Traveling Kind tour this fall, including dates in Alexandria, VA; New York; Toronto; and Boulder. See below for complete details.nd Boulder. See below for complete details.
The Traveling Kind was selected as a First Listen by NPR Music, which said, “As they swap lines and leads between his reedy resilience and her gossamer vibrato, Harris and Crowell don’t just share the spotlight. They also share the weight of legacy, influence and lifelong artistic investment, bearing down when the emotional heft of a song calls for it, loosening up and growing playful when it doesn’t, and altogether lightening the load for each other. This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other.” And Rolling Stone premiered the album’s title track, saying, “‘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.”
At the host’s request, Harris and Crowell made a special appearance on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman last week, performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” alongside Steve Martin, Amos Lee, and Mark O’Conner. See the performance here: http://bit.ly/1EK3tXy.
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. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
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.” The full track listing is below.
Of the project, Harris comments, “In the words of Willie Nelson, ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ and there’s no better friend for me to make music with than Rodney. I can’t wait to get out there on the road with him and play the songs from this new record.”
Crowell adds, “Emmy and I co-wrote six of the eleven songs on The Traveling Kind, which was recorded in a six-day span with our Glory Band, Steuart Smith and Billy Payne. Joe Henry was at the helm as producer and Justin Neibank did the recording. The experience was pretty much akin to falling off a log.”
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 the 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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THE TRAVELING KIND TRACKLIST
1. The Traveling Kind (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Cory Chisel)
2. No Memories Hanging Around (Rodney Crowell)
3. Bring It on Home to Memphis (Rodney Crowell/Larry Klein)
4. You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Cory Chisel)
5. The Weight of the World (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris)
6. Higher Mountains (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Will Jennings)
7. I Just Wanted to See You So Bad (Lucinda Williams)
8. Just Pleasing You (Rodney Crowell/Mary Karr)
9. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris)
10. Her Hair Was Red (Amy Allison)
11. La Danse de la Joie (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Will Jennings)
EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
September 5 /// St. Augustine, FL /// Celebrate 450 Festival
September 10 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
September 11 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
September 13 /// Glenside, PA /// Keswick Theatre
September 15 /// New York, NY /// Beacon Theatre
September 17 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall
September 18 /// Royal Oak, MI /// Royal Oak Music Theatre
September 19 /// Chicago, IL /// The Vic
September 22 /// Minneapolis, MN /// State Theater
September 24 /// Boulder, CO /// Chautauqua Auditorium
September 25 /// Breckenridge, CO /// Chautauqua
September 27 /// Tucson, AZ /// Fox Tucson Theater
September 28 /// Los Angeles, CA /// El Rey
September 30 /// Grass Valley, CA /// Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
October 1 /// Saratoga, CA /// Montalvo
October 2/4 /// San Francisco, CA /// Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 17 /// Maryville, TN /// Clayton Center for the Arts
October 18 /// Lexington, KY /// Lexington Opera House