Genre: Americana, Country, Folk
A 13-time Grammy Award winner, Billboard Century Award recipient, and Hall of Fame member, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings including Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Rodney Crowell. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records, and garnering three CMA Awards, two Americana Awards, and 13 Grammy Awards. Recently, Old Yellow Moon, her collaboration album with Rodney Crowell, won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. As she enters her fifth decade of performing, Harris is as radiant as ever, treating fans in 2014 to select dates on her Wrecking Ball Tour.
Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has made his way from modest means in Hermann, Missouri, to the international stage with the release of his second record Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Since his 2010 debut album In Memory of Loss, he has circled the globe playing hundreds of shows from headlining clubs and theaters to key festival slots. Rateliff writes from that place where tears are being dabbed or brushed with the hairy back side of a slow hand, when a reluctant but hopeful smile is peeking loose beneath those dark trackings. He writes tragedies the way that Raymond Carver wrote tragedies, as if they were unrecognizable as anything other than everyday life. They are stories of the enduring power of a hope that we occasionally find that we have to drill new wells so that it can be pumped out and exposed. It might not be ever-present, but it’s strangely and thankfully dependable. Rateliff says, “I’ve always wanted to affect people. Not many people cry and they probably should.”