Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will release Old Yellow Moon on Feb. 26 on Nonesuch Records. Crowell wrote four of the album’s 12 songs. The project was produced by Brian Ahern, who also produced Harris’ classic albums from the ’70s and ’80s.
Old Yellow Moon also includes Harris and Crowell’s renditions of Hank DeVito’s “Hanging Up My Heart,” Roger Miller ’s “Invitation to the Blues” and Allen Reynolds’ “Dreaming My Dreams,” among others.
Old Yellow Moon is the first official collaboration from the duo since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band as guitarist and harmony singer in 1975. In addition to Harris and Crowell, the album features world-renowned musicians including Stuart Duncan, Vince Gill and Bill Payne, as well as members of the original Hot Band.
“I first heard Rodney on a demo tape in 1974 and knew immediately from his voice and lyrics he had the right stuff. We met soon after, becoming bandmates in the Hot Band and starting a friendship that has continued and grown over the years. I always hoped we would someday do this record, and now I can finally cross it off my bucket list,” Harris said.
“The record’s overall tone calls to mind that Southern California blend of country music and rock ’n’ roll pioneered by Linda Ronstadt , the Flying Burrito Brothers , Gram Parsons and, of course, Emmylou and the Hot Band,” Crowell added.
Harris and Crowell will tour this spring.