We need to talk about Emmylou

I have never, ever, been interested in the music of Emmylou Harris, it is not my thing at all and I have been quite content without it in my life. And then I bought, on a whim, a used copy of Blue Kentucky Girl for a few £’s. I listened to it and, much to my surprise, I really rather liked it. Now I can tell you without hesitation that only a few short years ago I wouldn’t have given it the time of day, and I wouldn’t have like it, not one bit, but for some reason that is no longer true.


Now it could have ended there, but it didn’t. She has become one of the artists who I keep my eyes open for when digging through used records for bargains. Why? No idea. So I was going through the £2 section in the used record store and they had seemingly recently bought somebodies collection which had included some Emmylou in it.

It was all a bit odd. When I am digging through racks if I find something I want I put it to the front and, when I move to the next rack I put it and any others at the front of that one, and so on an so forth. I did 8 £2 racks and ended up with 5 Emmylou Harris albums at the front. I did ponder momentarily if I was overdoing it, but £10 for 5 albums is pretty damn reasonable so I decided to take them.

So far I’ve listened to two of them and godamnit I really like them. So the first I listened to was this:


Elite Hotel from 1976. Her version of The Beatles – Here, There and Everywhere really is quite beautiful. The whole thing is really but I can’t help being slightly annoyed at myself for liking it. This goes back to the musical bunkers we were all entrenched in back in my teens, it’s ingrained and difficult to shake, but I persevere.


A1 Amarillo 3:05
A2 Together Again 3:56
A3 Feelin’ Single – Seein’ Double 2:34
A4 Sin City 3:57
A5 One Of These Days 3:03
A6 Till I Gain Control Again 5:40
B1 Here, There And Everywhere 3:59
B2 Ooh Las Vegas 3:47
B3 Sweet Dreams 4:03
B4 Jambalaya 3:05
B5 Satan’s Jewel Crown 3:13
B6 Wheels 3:13

The other one I’ve listened to so far is this:


Thirteen from 1986. Opener Mystery Train is a cracker.

Also, Emmylou looks gorgeous on the cover, where she was 39 at the time, or maybe 40. She is still a very attractive woman at 70. Anyway, I liked this album as well and am now considering getting a cowboy hat.


A1 Mystery Train
A2 You’re Free To Go
A3 Sweetheart Of The Pines
A4 Just Someone I Used To Know
A5 My Father’s House
B1 Lacassine Special
B2 Today I Started Loving You Again
B3 When I Was Yours
B4 I Had My Heart Set On You
B5 Your Long Journey

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the other three yet but I’ll report back when I have, hopefully I’ll hate them and all this will be over.




  1. verian

    As far as I can see, the first three or four albums are worth getting, and some of the more recent ones, the middle era ones I don’t know yet. I’ve overlooked them for years as well but at a couple of £ it seems worth the gamble. I had similar issues with Judie Tzuke, I bought one full price years ago, wasn’t for me.


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