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Classic Rewind: Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless – ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’

Two great singers tackle a classic:

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8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless – ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’

  1. Paul W Dennis March 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    nice clip

    This was a minor hit for Lynn Anderson in 1980, although I think Lynn’s version was easily the best version I’ve heard of this song

  2. luckyoldsun March 22, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Here’s a more interesting version by a much younger–and clearer-singing–Emmylou Harris–backed by the song’s writer, Rodney Crowell, and Rosanne Cash, who doesn’t seem quite sure of what she’d supposed to be doing.

    • Ken March 22, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Perhaps Rosanne was not familiar with the song – or – the arrangement did not require her participation. When multiple artists appear onstage they are not always a part of every song. There may have been other songs on this show where Emmylou or Rodney did not sing. To criticize Rosanne without that knowledge is unfair.

    • Paul W Dennis March 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Interesting clip Lucky. I always thought that Emmylou was better as a harmony singer than as a lead vocalist, and this clip really underscores her limitations as a solo artist

      • luckyoldsun March 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        I can’t disagree. To me, she often comes off as a proficient musicologist who’s been STUDYING country music, rather than as an artist who’s LIVING it, a la Loretta, Tammy, Dolly.
        She was the first mainstream artist to record “Pancho and Lefty.” She did a good job, but her vocal does not transport the listener to the Texas/Mexico desert roads, like Willie’s (and Merle’s) does.

  3. Tyler Pappas March 22, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I prefer Emmylou Harris’s version.

  4. Ken March 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Nice duet performance by Emmylou & Patty. I’ve always thought that the lyrics were better suited to a female vocal but Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings obviously thought otherwise. Their 1986 Columbia single stalled at #35.

  5. Arlene June 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    At a concert I attended by both Emmylou and Rodney Crowell, Rodney stated that the song was inspired by Emmylou and Susannah Clark. Emmylou responded, “I think he tells that to all the girls.”

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