“This is obviously an incredibly special night for me,” Emmylou Harris announced after finally emerging halfway through her very own tribute concert at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Saturday night. Sitting with Kris Kristofferson in box seats to the side of the stage, the iconic singer-songwriter spent most of the evening watching dozens of her friends and longtime collaborators sing her music, and by the time she took the stage, Harris was already clearly moved.
The show, titled The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration, was anchored by an impeccable house band that included country music luminaries Buddy Miller, Don Was and Sam Bush, who played alongside a list of artists ranging from Mavis Staples and Martina McBride to Conor Oberst and Trampled by Turtles. The breadth and variety of the evening’s lineup — scrappy and elegant, mainstream and indie, legendary and freshman — reflected the many artistic dividing lines that Harris has straddled throughout her entire career.
Filmed for an upcoming TV and DVD release, the three-plus hour event was held in the nation’s capital as a nod to Harris’ musical start; she played coffee shops and local dives in D.C. in the early Seventies.
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