EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL’S THE TRAVELING KIND TO BE RELEASED MAY 12 ON NONESUCH RECORDS
TITLE TRACK PREMIERES AT ROLLING STONE
FOLLOW-UP TO GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING OLD YELLOW MOON
PRODUCED BY JOE HENRY
“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’s new album, The Traveling Kind, will be released May 12 on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the release, Rolling Stone premiered the title track today, praising, “‘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.” The site goes on to assert, “…they’ve built their legacies with melodies, lyrics and timeless voices that lace together the most permanent of humanity's living records.” “The Traveling Kind” is now available as a download with pre-orders of the album at iTunes and nonesuch.com, where CD and vinyl orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Harris and Crowell.
Harris and Crowell will play a series of intimate shows in support of the record this May, including shows in San Francisco, Napa, Chicago, New York and Nashville. See complete details below.
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 Carr, 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 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 Carr)
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
May 7 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
May 8 /// Napa, CA /// City Winery
May 10 /// Chicago, IL /// City Winery
May 21 /// New York, NY /// City Winery
May 26 /// Nashville, TN /// City Winery
May 27 /// Nashville, TN /// City Winery