Emmylou Harris - Pieces Of The Sky - Review
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Five years on from obscure debut Gliding Bird (1969), Emmylou began work on her debut proper with producer and future husband Brian Ahern, who would helm 11 of her LPs. She continued her association with the crew from the Gram Parsons albums, who’d become the core of her Hot Band.


Brian wanted to use those guys because they were world-class musicians, but for me they were like a talisman. I thought the closest I could get to Gram would be through the people he’d worked with. Then Brian signed Rodney Crowell, so all the other pieces started to come together. It was a beautiful mixing of a cosmic stew. Keeping Gram’s music alive was what I thought my purpose was. I didn’t understand why the whole world wasn’t crying out like I was at the loss of Gram. Also, he had affected me so much on an artistic level, I felt like I had to give it to others the way it had been given to me. It’s strange how emotions work, but there was something valid there. It’s the way we deal with what comes through us: we have to plough it under and make something out of it.

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