Not that we really need an excuse to feature a vintage Emmylou Harris video, but there actually is some news to impart: It was just announced that on October 5, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is opening a new exhibition called “Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight,” which will run through August 4, 2019. The exhibition will trace her life and remarkable career, and contain a whole bunch of cool artifacts, including a Gibson J-200N acoustic guitar given to her by her mentor Gram Parsons; a handwritten letter from 18-year-old Emmylou to the editor of Sing Out! magazine; original handwritten lyrics; her first guitar (a mid-’60s Kay 1160 Deco Note); some of her unique stage clothes; and lots more. And if you’re going to be in Nashville on November 3, CMHOF is hosting an onstage interview with Emmylou that is certain to be illuminating. For more info, go countrymusichalloffame.org.
About this Throwback track: It dates back to the 1990s (not sure which year), when Emmylou was fronting what was, for my money, her coolest group since the original Hot Band—the Nash Ramblers, a wonderful acoustic ensemble which brought together Sam Bush (mandolin), John Randall Stewart (guitar), Al Perkins (dobro), Roy Huskey Jr., then Mark Winchester (bass), and Larry Atamanuik (drums). Here, they serve up a beautifully powerful version of the classic mid-’50s Don Gibson’s ballad “Sweet Dreams.” Gibson’s version hit the Top Ten on Billboard‘s country singles chart twice (1956 and 1960), and the song also reached the Top Ten in ’56 in a cover by Faron Young. But Emmylou’s 1975 recording of the tune, which appeared on her second album, Elite Hotel, was the first to ever make it Number One on that country chart. —Blair Jackson