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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

REVIEW Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Melbourne, June 25, 2015

by Paul Cashmere on June 26, 2015

in Live,News

Magic happens when Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform together.

Emmylou Harris performs at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo Ros O'GormanThe current Australian tour is in support of their album together ‘The Traveling Kind’, but also delves heavily into their previous joint album ‘Old Yellow Moon’ but Harris and Crowell have been tied musically since in the mid 70s.

Outside of the two joint albums the Harris and Crowell setlist is mainly Harris with an occasional Crowell. The show opens at the very start of Emmylou Harris’ career, with ‘Return of the Grievous Angel’, when she was the singer for Gram Parsons. Parsons and Harris recorded ‘Love Hurts’ together. Crowell takes the part of Parsons for a spellbinding live version.

Emmylou takes fans on a historic journey through her career revisiting her iconic 70s albums ‘Elite Hotel’ and ‘Luxury Liner’ numerous times and ends with her signature song ‘Boulder To Birmingham’.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Rodney touches on his solo career only twice with ‘The Rock Of My Soul’ midway through the show and his best known song, the classic ‘Stars On The Water’.

Jedd Hughes performs as part of the Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell tour at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo Ros O'Gorman

Like Bob Dylan’s band, this band is the perfect blend of musicianship. Crowell, the songwriter, is the heart of this show, Harris is the soul but guitarist Jedd Hughes is the muscle. It came as a complete surprise when Jedd was revealed as an Australian. The 33-year guitarist hails from Quorn, South Australia (look it up on Google maps). Hughes finished high school in South Australia and immediately moved to Texas to study bluegrass. In 2013 he became lead guitarist for Emmylou and Rodney’s band and worked on the ‘Old Yellow Moon’ album. Hughes also produced the debut album for Morgan Evans.

Steve Fisher Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo Ros O'Gorman

PHOTO GALLERY: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell in Melbourne by Ros O’Gorman.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Melbourne, June 25 2015 SETLIST

Return of the Grievous Angel (from Grievous Angel, 1974, Gram Parsons album)Rodney Crowell performs at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda Melbourne on Thursday 25 June 2015. Photo Ros O'GormanWheels (from Elite Hotel, 1975, ELH)
Poncho & Lefty (from Luxury Liner, 1977, ELH)
Till I Gain Control Again (from Elite Hotel, 1975, ELH)
If I Needed You (from Cimarron, 1981, ELH)
Invitation To The Blues (from Old Yellow Moon, 2013, ELH & RC)
Red Dirt Girl (from Red Dirt Girl, 2000, ELH)
The Rock Of My Soul (from The Houston Kid, 2001, RC)
Love Hurts (from Grievous Angel, 1974, Gram Parsons album)
Luxury Liner (from Luxury Liner, 1976, ELH)
The Traveling Kind (from The Traveling Kind, 2015, ELH & RC)
Bring It On Home To Memphis (from The Traveling Kind, 2015, ELH & RC)
You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try (from The Traveling Kind, 2015, ELH & RC)
The Weight Of The World (from The Traveling Kind, 2015, ELH & RC)
I Just Wanted To See You So Bad (from The Traveling Kind, 2015, ELH & RC)
Dreaming My Dreams (from Old Yellow Moon, 2013, ELH & RC)
Chase The Feeling (from Old Yellow Moon, 2013, ELH & RC)
Back When We Were Beautiful (from Old Yellow Moon, 2013, ELH & RC)
Tulsa Queen (from Luxury Liner, 1977, ELH)
Leavin’ Louisiana In Broad Daylight, 1978, ELH)
Ain’t Living Long Like This (from Ain’t Living Long Like This, 1978, RC)
Old Yellow Moon (from Old Yellow Moon, 2013, ELH & RC)

Stars On The Water (from Rodney Crowell, 1981, RC)
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (from Blue Kentucky Girl, 1979, ELH)

Boulder To Birmingham (from Pieces of the Sky, 1975. ELH)

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell remaining dates

June 27, Sydney, The Star Event Centre
June 28, Wollongong, Entertainment Centre
July 1, Gold Coast, Jupiters

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are touring Australia for Lennard Promotions.

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