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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Play Gainesville Saturday

2015 June 10
by Susan Asher

You don’t have to love country music to love Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell.  The duo, who will perform at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens new Ivester Amphitheater in Gainesville this Saturday, has hit the Billboard charts in and out of the country music genre.

Both Grammy Award winners–he’s won two and she’s won more than a dozen — the duo first joined forces 40 years ago. Their 2013 album “Old Yellow Moon”  garnered the Best Americana Album Grammy, won the Americana Music Awards’ Album of the Year, and reached No. 4 on Billboard‍ ’​s Country albums chart and No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts.

Crowell may not be as well known as Harris, but he has been playing in bands since he was 11. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association.His songs have been performed by an eminent group of musicians, including Van Morrison, Johnny and Roseanne Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Etta James.

Although I have been unsuccessful at conducting a quick Q&A with Crowell, you can hear a wonderful NPR interview with him and memoirist Mary Karr, who collaborated together and released the 2012 album, “Kin.” Crowell has also written a memoir, “Chinaberry Sidewalks.”

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell play Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens new Ivester Amphitheater in Gainesville. To purchase tickets and see more Atlanta Botanical Gardens upcoming concerts, click here.

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