It's been five years since Emmylou Harris put out a new studio album.
As VOA's Mary Morningstar tells us, the 61-year-old Country-folk singer
had to work around many other projects to finish her latest collection,
"All I Intended To Be."
Emmylou Harris recorded several cover
songs for her new album, All I Intended To Be. They include "All
That You Have Is Your Soul," which Tracy Chapman wrote for her 1989 Crossroads album. Emmylou also added songs written by Merle Haggard,
Billy Joe Shaver and Patty Griffin, among others.
"Most of my career I've been a finder of songs, a gatherer of songs, so
this showcases, in part, that side of what I do." But, she also
contributed six original songs to the project. One is "Gold," which
features Dolly Parton and Vince Gill on harmony vocals.
is a song Emmylou wrote more than a decade ago. She says she wanted to
include it on her 1995 Grammy-winning album "Wrecking Ball," but it
seemed too Country-influenced for the folk collection.
began working on All I Intended To Be four years ago. She recorded
most of the tracks at the Nashville studio of producer Brian Ahern.
Brian is Emmylou's ex-husband, who produced many of her early albums.
the five years away from her own career, Harris recorded an album with
former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler and performed tours with Elvis
Costello and Neil Young.