Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

A pair of old friends join their voices in beautiful harmony

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell met in 1974, but it took them until 2013's Grammy-winning set Old Yellow Moon to make a record together. The original duets on their follow-up range from heartbreak (Crowell's superb "No Memories Hanging 'Round") to social consciousness (the bluesy "The Weight of the World"). Harris' all-time great harmonies elevate Crowell's poetic lyrics on the mandolin-tinged title cut; the loose rocker "Bring It on Home to Memphis" and their rendition of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" are highlights. Through it all, their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever.