Artist: Various Artists
Album: To Emmylou
Label: Fleeing Ghost Records
Release Date: 06/03/2016
Ten rising Los Angeles based bands make up this tribute to the multiple Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter. The team at Feeing Ghost Records felt that because Harris has been known for uniquely covering songs throughout her career, it was fitting to offer her the same treatment.
Emmylou Harris is great! The ability to discover some up-and-coming bands is fantastic. Also, the fact that this is the debut release from Fleeing Ghost Records helps establish the labels’ name in the music industry. Overall, this is a solid effort both because of content and production.
Standout tracks include “Timberline” from the Silver Lake Chorus and “Boy From Tupelo” by Wires in the Walls. Ashleigh Flynn covers “Red Dirt Girl,” and proves she’s a voice to watch out for in the bluegrass scene.
Though it’s hard to top the originals, especially songs by the incredible Emmylou Harris, this tribute is worth grabbing. Some might be hesitant due to the unfamiliar bands on the compilation, but nevertheless, To Emmylou is filled with the passion, talent and dedication that encompasses Miss Harris herself.
– Brenda Hillegas