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Emmylou Harris: ‘The Real Fun Is Making the Music’

Emmylou Harris Trio collection Rodney Crowell
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Emmylou Harris, along with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, recently released The Complete Trio Collection, which includes both their previous Trio and Trio II albums as well as a third disc of unreleased material. Although the music is more than two decades old, Harris says that it still sounds — and feels — as fresh as when they recorded it.

“I think the reason for putting [The Complete Trio Collection] out is that there were these other pieces that were, believe me, not bad — quite spectacular, some of them. And so, this way, you get it all in one big bunch, and this extra stuff that nobody’s ever heard before,” Harris tells The Boot. “It was great; it was like putting out a record that you’ve already done. It’s like, ‘Here’s my new record that I did 20 years ago.’”

A few weeks following The Complete Trio Collection‘s release on Sept. 9, Harris took home the Americana Music Awards’ Duo / Group of the Year honor with her good friend, Rodney Crowell; the pair released The Traveling Kind in 2015. But for Harris, the real reward of her work with Crowell is their enduring friendship.

“The accolades, they’re fun, they’re great, but the real fun is making the music,” Harris says. “Of course, Rodney and I, he’s my greatest pal. We go back so far, and playing music with him and hanging with him is so great. There’s just no work to it; he says, ‘We don’t get paid to play, we get paid to travel,’ because it’s always the travel you b—h about.”

The Complete Trio Collection is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

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