Emmylou Harris - Gliding Bird (1970)

Emmylou Harris is an American singer-songwriter.

Emmylou Harris was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and spent her childhood living in Virginia and North Carolina. In the 60s she moved to New York and pursued a career as a folk singer. She married fellow songwriter Tom Slocum in 1969, and recorded her debut album the following year, released on Jubilee Records.
Gliding Bird was recorded five years before her career as a successful country singer took off, and is often seen as nothing but an interesting prologue to her career, with 1975's Pieces Of The Sky considered her official debut. Indeed the album didn't really go anywhere, as Jubilee Records folded after its production, which limited distribution and promotion. Nevertheless, it's still a great album. This was before she had truly embraced country music, and it could be called country-folk or folk-rock instead. Whilst some of the songs have definate country flavours to them, others are pure folk in the vein of singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell. Half the songs are originals, and the covers are Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'", Hank Williams' "I Saw The Light", Burt Bucharach's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", and the title track by her husband Tom Slocum. The arrangements are sparse, and at times strangely haunting. There is some tasty instrumentation, but it's all in the shadow of Harris' heavenly voice.

|> Pieces Of The Sky (1975)
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