The otherworldly and yet accessible voice of Emmylou Harris has helped bring country music to wider audiences. After the untimely death of her protege Gram Parsons, Harris kept the cosmic American music spirit and sound alive in her own solo recordings. She was blessed with a warm and nurturing singing voice that seems like it was destined to bring beautiful high-lonesome harmonies to life. Whether she's singing soulfully by herself or harmonizing with other folks, her elastic and dynamic vocals unfold and soar to astral heights, adding new dimensions and organic depth to whatever song she graces. Her incandescent inflections have accompanied the likes of Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Beck, Sheryl Crow, The Band, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, and Glen Campbell to name a very few--but her rich phrasing and harmonious articulation has never been as powerful nor as heartbreakingly emotional as when she sang in close harmony with the late, great Parsons.
Emmylou Harris Concert Films
I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThe Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson concert film includes performances from the historic, one-night concert event on March 16, 2016 at the Bridgetsone Arena that honored the songs of one of the most beloved musical heroes of our time, considered a true songwriters’s songwriter. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
The Life And Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration
Runtime: 1 hr 52 minA once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrating 15 million record-selling 13 time Grammy Award-winning, three-time CMA Award recipient, and two-time Americana Awards winner, Emmylou Harris. Performers include Harris Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & more. Highlight tracks: “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “Born to Run” and “Boulder to Birmingham.” Musical direction by Don Was & Buddy Miller. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
Emmylou Harris Top Tracks
Beneath this Gruff Exterior
Runtime: 54 minInventive performer and poignant songwriter John Hiatt captures the attention of fans and critics alike. In this Soundstage performance, which features Dar Williams and Robinella and the CCstringband, Hiatt performs "My Baby Blue" from his most recent album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. He also showcases timeless pieces like "The Thing Called Love" and "Memphis in the Meantime." Folk-rocker Dar Williams takes the stage to perform "I Saw a Bird Fly Away," a piece which encapsulates Williams' ability to combine sensitivity with not only pathos, but also a sharp wit. East Tennessee natives Robinella and the CCstringband close out the show with new songs including "Honey Honey Bee" and "Man Over." Both songs are a testament to the acclaim that this jazz-bluegrass-swing band has earned from not just critics, but fans and peers alike.
Runtime: 58 minWaylon Jennings became a country star doing it Nashville's way, but he became a legend doing things his way. Nashville Rebel showcases 18 performances from the iconic outlaw country singer’s career, from 1970 to 1984.
How Sweet The Sound
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThis film, Joan Baez How Sweet the Sound, examines Joan's history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. Featuring interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and others, plus conversation between Joan and ex-husband David Harris. Archival material includes footage of Baez's visit to N. Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan, and never-before-seen film of Joan as a teenager performing at Club 47 in Cambridge. Extras include conversations with Baez & Dar Williams, Bill Fegan & Bishop Ernest, Vaclav Havel, and Steve Earle.
The Trinity Sessions Revisited
Runtime: 48 minOn November 27, 1987 the Cowboy Junkies set up a single microphone inside The Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto, Ontario and in one day recorded what would become The Trinity Session, a landmark album of originals and covers grounded in traditional country, blues, and folk, with a clear nod to The Velvet Underground. The album would go on to sell millions of copies worldwide and establish the Cowboy Junkies as one of the most influential bands of the alternative era. Now, 20 years later, the Cowboy Junkies have returned to The Church of the Holy Trinity to celebrate their most famous work with the help of special guests Ryan Adams, Natalie Merchant, Vic Chesnutt, and Jeff Bird.
50 Years Of Hits
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minIn 2004, George Jones celebrated 50 years as a country music legend with a tribute concert recorded for PBS's SOUNDSTAGE program. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the concert presents live performances of Jones's greatest hits by 20 country luminaries, including Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride.
Real Live Roadrunning
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Runtime: 2 hr 6 minA great venue, a great tour, two great artists, and a great performance. So it was for icons Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris on June 28, 2006, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles before a sold-out crowd.
Their concert together, one of only a handful in the U.S., followed the April release of All The Roadrunning, their long-awaited rootsy collaboration that soared into the Top 10 in the U.K. and Top 20 in the U.S. Now that special night has been captured on Real Live Roadrunning, a CD & DVD package that showcases real live greatness.
Live At Montreux 2005
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minSteve Earle’s solo performance at the 2005 Montreux Festival is a charismatic triumph. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica he performs tracks from across his career, with an emphasis on his later output but also going right back to songs from his breakthrough album “Copperhead Road” from 1988. The songs are performed with his characteristic combination of honesty, outspoken views and self-deprecating humour.
You're Lookin' at Country: Legends in Concert
Runtime: 45 minLoretta Lynn, rose to success through the 1960's to '70s, achieving four number one hit singles. She also teamed up with Conway Twitty and together; they gained five number one hits. Zero Records who gave her a recording contract first, spotted the star of country music in 1959, and by 1960 she had made her first hit debut single. This TV extraordinaire includes hits such as 'They Don't Make Em' Like My Daddy,' 'Hey Loretta' and 'Coal Miner's daughter.'
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minLucinda Williams is widely considered to be one of America's best singer/songwriters working today. An artist who completely defies categorization, her honest lyrics are often compared to fine poetry as she sings her narrative tales of Southern Gothic and heart-wrenching songs of love, heartbreak and desire. On this episode of Soundstage, Lucinda and her band perform favorites from her catalogue, as well as tunes from her newest album: World Without Tears.
Queen of Country
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minDolly Parton is the most honoured female country performer of all time. She has had 25 songs reach No1 on the Billboard Country chats, a record for a female artists. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. Her career began at an early age. She started as a child performer on the radio, then went on to record a few singles at the age of just 13. She had a stream of hit singles in the 80â€™s, the most success being her 1981 hit â€˜9 to 5â€™, and her duet with Kenny Rogers â€˜Island in the Streamâ€™, both of which topped the U.S pop and country charts. She has won an incredible amount of awards, including 8 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 3 American Music Awards. She is quite simply the reigning queen of Country Musicâ€¦this is her story.
The Willie Nelson Show with Ray Charles
Runtime: 59 minFilmed at the Austin Opry House and out on location, this Willie Nelson Special features great performances by Willie and his band who are joined by special guest Ray Charles for duets with Willie Nelson on six songs. Also featured is a trip to Willie's home town of Abbott, Texas and a chance to explore his roots with many of the people he grew up with. The program is a great showcase for Willie Nelson's distinctive voice, sense of humor and charismatic stage presence.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minRounder recording artists Alison Krauss + Union Station are a remarkable collaboration of five stellar musicians, who together have been instrumental in bringing bluegrass music to its now widely accepted and popular commercial status. They come together on Soundstage to perform a selection of songs outlining their storied careers. Included are songs from the multi-platinum soundtrack, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." Other highlights during the hour include "Baby Now That I Found You," "The Lucky One," "Maybe," and the Grammy Award-winning "Man Of Constant Sorrow."