Emmylou Harris

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2027 (ranked #34 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Pieces of the Sky (1975)
Luxury Liner (1977)
Roses in the Snow (1980)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Boulder to Birmingham (1975)
Wayfaring Stranger (1980)

Emmylou Harris @ Wikipedia

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Will Emmylou Harris be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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The Queen of Country Rock....need I say more..

She carried on her mentor Gram Parsons' (who incidentally should also be included in the Hall of Fame)vision of bringing ancient bluegrass and country song structures with poetic lyrics to rock audiences by infusing it with rock attitude and rhythm and blues and rockabilly musical influences without compromising the authenticity of either country or rock. Few country rock bands accomplished this....

Emmylou, as the leader of country rock in the late 70's, infused a traditional influence rarely seen in bands like The Eagles or Linda Ronstadt. She could cover Chuck Berry or The Beatles and make them sound like ancient blues or 19th Century parlour ballads. Her band, The Hot Band gave rise to talents like Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Albert Lee and featured the guitar talents of James Burton...Emmylou has had the greats of the greats in the now legendary Hot Band,,,

When country rock artists like Ronstadt decided to 'go pop' Emmylou despite warning from Warners, her record company about lack of commerical success, she made a bluegrass record, Roses in the Snow which was a pop success. Her lack of compromise has stood to her for her near 40 year career.

Emmylou's voice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unqiue in the entire genre of popular music. Bruce Springsteen named it, "one of the most shimmering instruments in country music history." She has been called the greatest harmony singer in popular music by Elvis Costello and this gift of creating, "a third voice" when she accompanies or duets with another voice has graced many landmark rock albums...Bob Dylan's Desire, Gram Parons GP and Grevious Angel, Neil Young's Praire Wind, Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man, Bright Eyes' We're Wide Awake it's morning...She has recorded duets with rock and roots artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, Joan Baez, Beck, David Bowie, Ralph Stanley and Daniel Lanois. She is indeed the quintessential duet partner and harmony singer.

Emmylou has been a trailbrazer in genre and style, embracing the history of country, bluegrass and blues while simultaneously exploring contemporary rock and world musics. Emmylou was one of the first artists to embrace left field Americana/folk rock artists in her country rock - bringing them to the attention of Nashville - Townes Van Zandt's Pancho and Lefts, subsequently covered by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard was brought to prominence first by Harris. She brought Rodney Crowell, Delbert McClinton and Nashville's own poet laurette to the forefront, Guy Clark. She has enver been narrowminded in song selection - covering everyone from Donna Summer to Pete Seegar, Jimi Hendrix to Stephen Foster.

Emmylou's country rock albums on Warner Brothers include pristine, soulful vocals by The Queen of Country Rock, fantastic instrumentation and arrangement and stellar production work by Brian Ahern. They are still listed in Rolling Stone, Q, Mojo and other rock magazines, included in greatest rock album lists. While most artists would be content to have accomplished what Emmylou did in the 1970's her vision and fortitude discovered new territory. Not content with being another Queen of Country, she became a keeper of the flame of bluegrass, saving the Ryman Theatre and bringing songs by John Fogerty and Neil Young into the bluegrass canon. in 1995, as Garth and Shania Twain clones erupted across Nashville, Emmylou refused to make a mainstream cookie cutter generic country record and sought rock producer Daniel Lanois. Wrecking Ball was born in 1995 launching another fruitful artistic period. Amidst Lanois' murky, percussive production, Emmylou cried like an angel and howled like a Banshee. This incredibly important record is often referred as the first Americana record influencing Lambchop, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Son Volt and other luminaries of today in combing country with rock and psychedelic influences.

Her next two albums Red Dirt Girl and Stumble into Grace included her own songs and both won Grammys. Harmonies with Bruce Springsteen and Kat e and Anna McGarrigle with Peruvian melodeis and New Orleans funk catching notes with traditional folk and jangling rockabilly.

Emmylou has won 12 Grammys. She has influnenced harmony singing in rock, her voice has been an influence on modern female rockers as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Jane Siberry and Tori Amos. She is simply so deserving.. I havn't even scratched the surface regarding her contribution to rock music...

Ask Ketih Richards
Ask Elvis Costello
Ask The Pretenders
Ask Aretha Franklin
Ask Willie Nelson

They will all tell you...open your ears and notice

Posted by jack on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 07:17am

True. As Linda Ronstadt once reported, "Keith Richards thinks she (Emmylou) hung the moon."

Posted by Ruy on Friday, 01.1.10 @ 22:00pm

I could see Emmylou Harris getting in as an influence in our current "Rock Hall Revisited" forum but it's unlikely the RRHOF will induct her in the main performers category and she has next to no shot getting in as an early influence seeing as she was arrived on the scene after Rock had already taken its form

This is one of the reasons I support the idea of an "Influence" category (like we have over on the Rock Hall Revisited page) rather than a "Early Influence" category because important outside genre artists who came along either before or after Rock can be honoured as "Influences." This is in contrast to the RRHOF which can't honour artists that arrived after the rise of rock as "early influences" so they end up inducting these artists as main performers (like John Lee Hooker for example). However, all this still doesn't explain Miles Davis.....

Posted by Stefan on Monday, 05.24.10 @ 08:14am

She's really great.
I love her

Posted by Diamond Dave on Sunday, 10.20.13 @ 12:46pm

No Guy Clark page? RIP. (1941-2016)

Posted by dmg on Tuesday, 05.17.16 @ 12:40pm

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