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Emmylou Harris the duet queen of country

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Emmylou Harris' concert with the Levon Helm Band tonight in Central Park is a reunion of sorts. The two first sang together in 1976 in the movie "The Last Waltz," which chronicled the farewell concert of Helm's former group, the Band.

But Helm hasn't been the only singer in Harris' life. In fact, she's known as one of the best duet partners in country music.

amNewYork took a look at some of her more interesting collaborations.

Gram Parsons
'GP' and 'Grievous Angel'
Parsons, a former member of the Byrds credited with inventing country-rock, gave Harris her first big break by enlisting her to sing on his two solo albums. One of Harris' most famous songs, "Boulder to Birmingham," is said to be about Parsons' death.

Bob Dylan
'Desire'
Harris contributed backup vocals to the 1976 album that features the song "Hurricane." However, she is uncredited anywhere on the album.

Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt
'Trio'
The most successful album of Harris' career took a decade to make. Though the three singers worked together on and off since the mid-'70s, scheduling conflicts and record-label issues kept their album from coming out until 1987. It would take them another 12 years to release "Trio II."

Neil Young
'Wrecking Ball'
After Harris became too old for country radio, she teamed up with U2 producer Daniel Lanois to create a moody, atmospheric album that brought her to the attention of alternative-music fans. Young wrote and sang on the title track.

Bright Eyes
'I'm Wide Awake It's Morning'
In 2005, Harris helped Bright Eyes' Connor Oberst complete his transition from emo music to country-influenced roots-rock, a sound he continues to focus on today with his Mystic Valley Band.


If you go: Emmylou Harris & the Levon Helm Band are at SummerStage at Central Park Monday at 5 p.m. Enter park at 69th St. and Fifth Avenue, 212-360-2756. $40.

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