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Emmylou Harris Talks About Her Long-Awaited Album With Rodney Crowell

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The country world has been waiting nearly 40 years for an album between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Now their prayers have been answered. Earlier this week, Harris and Crowell released their first-ever duets album, Old Yellow Moon.

While in New York for the All for the Hall concert benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Radio.com caught up with Harris, and she filled us in on just why the duo made us wait so long.

“We were busy. We’re both road dogs,” she said. “We’re always out there touring or making a record, working a record.”

Harris and Crowell have known each other since the 1970s, when Crowell was a member of Emmylou’s famous Hot Band. However, as Emmylou explained it, “There didn’t seem to be any urgency” for an album featuring just these two music legends. They each, after all, had very successful careers on their own, including more than a few best-selling albums and Number One hits.

But then, Emmylou explained, “one day I just said, ‘You know if we’re going to do this record we really should do it.'” So, she continued, “I just called him up and said, ‘Do you have some time?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this record.’ That’s really all it took.”

While Harris said she couldn’t explain why the duo finally came together, she said it was just the right time.

(L-R) Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill perform during the All For the Hall benfit concert in New York City.

(L-R) Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill perform during the All For the Hall benfit concert in New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

And she looks back fondly at her time with Crowell in The Hot Band, recalling those early days.

“I think that’s always a very joyful time. Those early days as Hot Band. That’s when it all came together for me and I’m still kind of on that same road in a way,” she said. “All my memories of those guys and playing . . . when we were first breaking new ground so to speak. Maybe we didn’t really know what we were doing, but we knew we were doing something. There was a lot of excitement.”

Many albums and accolades later, on some level not much has changed for Harris and Crowell since then, as they both still enjoy making records and touring.

“I’m especially looking forward to going out with Rodney. He’s a lot of fun. He makes me laugh,” Emmylou added.

She then filled us in on what makes for a good collaboration.

“Firstly, nobody brings an ego. It’s all about the project and the song and having a good time together and making music. Every experience I’ve had has been a good one like that. I don’t know the other kind.”

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