Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have collaborated for nearly 40 years, since Harris recorded Crowell's "Bluebird Wine" for her debut, but their gorgeous new duets album, "Old Yellow Moon" (Nonesuch), is somehow their first together. They should have started earlier, considering how their voices blend so beautifully, whether they're tackling something up-tempo like Kris Kristofferson's "Chase the Feeling" or a wrenching ballad like Matraca Berg's aching "Back When We Were Beautiful." The harmonies on "Open Season on My Heart" ensure that "Old Yellow Moon" will be one of country's most talked-about albums of the year.
EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL "Old Yellow Moon"
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