VINCE GILL WORKING WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS, RODNEY CROWELL ON THEIR DUETS ALBUM
Mary Colurso — The Birmingham Newsal.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Maybe you’re wondering what Vince Gill is up to today?
Well, we can talk about one item on the country star’s schedule with authority.
During a morning phone interview, Gill said he’d be spending some time with Birmingham native Emmylou Harris.
She and Rodney Crowell are recording an album of duets; Gill will make a guest appearance on the record, singing harmonies.
“I’m going to work with her today,” Gill said. “I met her and Rodney when I was 19. I don’t have two better friends in the world.”
Some background, if you’re not familiar with their shared history: Crowell played in Harris’ Hot Band during the 1970s, and the two have continued their professional relationship ever since.
Gill toured in Crowell’s 1980s band, the Cherry Bombs, and he’s a longtime colleague of Harris — appearing, for example, on her 1985 album, “The Ballad of Sally Rose,” and 1987’s “Angel Band.”
Over the years, the three artists have performed together, recorded together, appeared on benefit shows together and more.
Harris offered few details about the duets project durin a January interview with Billboard:
Harris says the album will feature “mainly covers,” though the duo also considered some of the songs Crowell wrote for others but never recorded himself. “It’s kind of a crazy quilt of material,” says Harris, who prefers to keep song list specifics “under my hat” for the time being.
Harris and Gill also make guest appearances on Crowell’s June 5 release, “Kin,” a collection of songs Crowell wrote with author Mary Karr.
We’ll have more on Vince Gill in Friday’s City Scene and on al.com. Today’gs interview was prompted by his March 3 concert at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. more!