Podcast #1-3. Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball is one of my desert island discs. It’s an album I can go back to again and again and never get tired of it. This album really got me into Emmylou Harris, and as a result, country music stopped being verboten. Thing is, the album isn’t overtly country — I don’t think it even got airplay on country radio — but Harris has such a spellbinding voice, it’s difficult not to be curious about her previous work. If I revisit Harris again, I may feature Bluebird or Pieces of the Sky.

Some notes:

  • Is “route” pronounced like “boot” or like “gout”?
  • “Other-worldly” is a damn hard compound word to pronounce.
  • I don’t even mention Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and Larry Mullen, Jr. of U2 all play on this album.
  • A boxed set of Harris rarities hits stores on Tuesday, Sept. 18. I didn’t intend to time the broadcast of this podcast with that release.

Songs featured:

  • Where Will I Be?
  • Wrecking Ball
  • All My Tears
  • Sweet Old World
  • May This Be Love
  • Waltz Across Texas Tonight