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You usually know that it's time for a concert to start when the stage crew finishes checking the last of the microphones. Not so at Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School concerts at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. One sign of the warmth and informality of the star-studded event is that no one expects anything to begin until the final wheelchair is rolled on stage.
July 22, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn, the Times pop music critic, can be reached at
Emmylou Harris has already canceled a concert in San Diego and a radio appearance on KCRW-FM because of a cold, and I'm nervous that our interview will be next to fall to this ill-timed wrecking ball.
November 10, 1996 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
After first hearing Emmylou Harris' voice in the mid-'70s, a playful Johnny Cash wondered if he hadn't dreamed the whole thing. It was, he recalled, like listening to an angel. Bob Dylan was so enthralled around the same time by the loveliness of Harris' tender soprano that she ended up singing with him on his next album.
You'd have thought it would take singing lightning, burning bushes and other equally spectacular onstage offerings to compensate for the absence of the fabulous Hot Band behind Emmylou Harris. But though Harris has replaced her old band with a much softer, albeit no less driving, form of persuasion, no one in the packed audience for her first of two sold-out Coach House shows Thursday seemed to be pining for the past. Indeed, the show will very likely end up as one of this year's most enthralling Orange County performances.
August 15, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
One of the most endearing things about interviewing Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris over the years has been the way they spend half their time talking about other artists they admire. And nothing's changed. Instead of relentlessly promoting their first-ever duet collection, due in stores Aug. 24, the pair were eager in their latest interview to turn the spotlight to their favorite artists. Even more striking was their affection for each other.
September 16, 2007 | Holly Gleason, Special to The Times
"If you live by the charts, you die by the charts," Emmylou Harris, the silvery-voiced roots singer who dissolves genres and owns a dozen Grammys, says conspiratorially. "Let me tell you." There are a lot of things that Harris can tell you about American music.
October 17, 1993 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Most of the country music world is in awe of Emmylou Harris, from the new crop of best-selling singers to Nashville's hottest songwriters and producers. Mention Harris' name and they'll talk at length about the beauty of her voice and her great feel for adventurous material, and how she has helped expand the creative horizons of country music during the past 18 years.
July 17, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Country singer Kitty Wells had been recording, touring and broadcasting without major success for more than a decade when she accepted an offer in 1952 to record one more song before she planned to turn her attention to staying at home and raising a family. Mostly she was interested in the $125 union scale pay she'd get for the session, at which she recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," a song that not only turned her career around but also helped upend stereotypical thinking about men who strayed and the women they strayed with.
October 16, 2003
Although grudgingly respectful by the end, Randy Lewis' critique of Emmylou Harris' concert ("Emmylou Harris Plays Safe," Oct. 9) dwelt largely on what he saw as Harris' lack of "edge" and courage, as evidenced by her artistic decision not to replay her brand-new album straight through (a la Neil Young's recent "Greendale" tour). What disturbs me is Lewis' very narrow sense of what counts as "risk" and "edge." In fact, the decisions Harris made for the evening -- including the one to open with the astonishing and resolutely non-alternative country sound of her guitarist, Buddy Miller -- could not possibly have been more radical.
February 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The newest members of the Country Hall of Fame are Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and the late Ernest "Pop" Stoneman. Their selection was announced Tuesday in Nashville. They will be formally inducted later this year.
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