Friday, July 22, 2005

Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris in Concert

Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris are touring together and the concerts have been receiving strong reviews and surprising fans.

Elvis Costello once famously said "writing about music is like dancing about architecture -- it's a really stupid thing to want to do." So here we go....

From an interview in the New Haven Advocate, (link via Chromewaves) Elvis comments on the role of his new album "The Delivery Man":
"Emmylou and I share a repertoire. And The Delivery Man has a story going through it, with a beginning, a middle and an end. So we're trying build a [new] story that incorporates all of that. You shouldn't assume all the songs in the repertoire [on this tour] are country. There are great harmony songs. There's a real rolling feel to it."

Bill Ladd writes on on Elvis Costello/Emmylou Harris show at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA:
"As a big fan of Elvis, I expected to politely sit through Emmylou's opening act waiting for Mr. C. Boy, was I wrong. Bounding out on stage only minutes later than the 8:00PM showtime, Elvis ripped through 45 minutes of his back catalogue, with some selections from his latest release thrown in. At that point, he brought out Emmylou and a multi-instrumentalist (whose name escapes me) for more then an hour. Singing duets, taking turns on lead vocals, covering Johnny Cash and George Jones tunes (along with some of their own work) Elvis and Emmylou clearly loved working together. Elvis finished up the show ripping through 10 or so of his own songs before bringing Emmylou out for both encores, the first lasting for 6 or 7 songs. The show lasted 3+ hours and must have had 40 songs. I was so blown away, it disturbs me that the venue didn't appear to be sold out. If this is the case for their upcoming shows together, tell your readers to get out there and catch this act while they can. Emmylou is only spending two weeks on the tour, with the last date July 31st. Get there if you can!"

Also, see concert review and photos of Elvis Costello & Emmylou Harris at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA on July 31, 2005.

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