A singing partner of country-rock legend Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris survived Parsons' tragic death in 1973 to forge a solo career that was still going strong into the new millennium. Harris's body of work extends from the excellent Pieces Of The Sky and Luxury Liner, to the straightforward bluegrass set Roses In The Snow. In 1987, she took a new direction when she linked with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for a project; Trio was awarded a Grammy a year later. The Daniel Lanois-produced Wrecking Ball saw Harris boldly step outside her comfort zone to cover material from several luminaries: Neil Young, Bob Dylan and even Jimi Hendrix all got a look-in. She was subsequently rewarded with another Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Contrary to the usual career path, Harris seems to grow more adventurous as she gets older and the personal collection, Red Dirt Girl, saw her write or co-write 11 of the 12 songs.
Followers: Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Laura Cantrell
Influenced By: Gram Parsons, Loretta Lynn, The Byrds...