Emmylou Harris Goes Full Circle

“Without Gram Parsons, I doubt if there would be an Emmylou Harris exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.”

[caption id="attachment_234726" align="alignnone" width="768"] Emmylou Harris views her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 2, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photos by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum )[/caption] In mid-2018, Rhino Entertainment re-released Emmylou Harris’ 1985 album The Ballad Of Sally Rose. A commercial flop at the time of its initial release, the album, which was Harris’ first LP comprising her own original songs, has seen renewed interest in recent years and has since proven to have been ahead of its time, encapsulating much of what has made Harris a living legend in country and Americana music: quality songwriting, vulnerable storytelling, exceptional musicianship. A concept album, The Ballad Of Sally Rose follows the titular character and her musician lover, the latter loosely based on the late Gram Parsons, through romance and tragedy. Songs like “White Line,” which still charted well despite the album’s lower sales, show Harris to be as formidable a songwriter as she had been a vocalist, and hold up today as the work of an artist with stories of her own to tell. The Ballad Of Sally Rose is but one bright point in Harris’…

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