Saturday, June 22
“Nobody can deliver a song…quite like Emmylou Harris. When she pours her heart and soul into a lyric, you are
instantly grabbed emotionally in a way that few artists can.”
“Understated and iconic, she is both a roots music legend and a contemporary artistic force. A mesh of vulnerability and steely spine, Harris is a deeply moving singer. In a cold world that increasingly moves too fast, [her voice] tingled with warmth and honest emotion.”
A 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018.
Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records. One of the most admired and influential women in music, she has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead.
Co-Presented with the City of Williamsburg and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Supported by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance and funded in part by the City of Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission