August 23

Old Yellow Moon, A Collaboration of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
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It is always amazing when after years of planning, everything comes together. Just like Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell who have been friends for a long time. Emmylou Harris has recorded songs of Rodney before and they even worked together in Hot Band. They have been planning to collaborate on an album for a very long time. Finally, in February 2013 the two released their first album together called Old Yellow Moon.

Old Yellow Moon, The Album

The album contained songs from other artists like Roger Miller, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson, and many more. In 2014, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s album won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. Furthermore, the song also entered various charts in and outside the US. Old Yellow Moon peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200. Moreover, it also entered the Billboard Top Country Album chart at No. 4. The album reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top Folk Songs chart.

“Old Yellow Moon,” The Song

One of the songs in their album is the title-track “Old Yellow Moon” which is a love song written by Hank DeVito and Lynn Langham. The song is a story of two people in love with each other. They recall their past experiences of heartaches and pain yet being together is always better. This song was immediately recorded on Brian Ahern’s House while they were deciding on making the album.

The Making of the Album

Emmylou Harris recorded Crowell’s song “Bluebird Wine” for her album Pieces of the Sky. They have included this song on their album. In addition, they included Rodney Crowell’s song “Here We Are,” “Open Season on My Heart,” and “Bull Rider.” The album was produced by Harris’ ex-husband Brian Ahern. It was released under the Nonesuch recording label. This album came to life when Harris and Crowell were both coming up with ideas with their producer’s (Brian Ahern) house in Nashville.

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