To call Emmylou Harris a great, even iconic country singer is both paying her an ultimate compliment and a bit misleading. Her fine, reedy voice has confirmed her country credentials by making listeners feel every ounce of heartache for years. But Harris also has more eclectic interests, really tapping the breadth and depth of the musical universe for inspiration, making her a visionary artist in scope and insight. She covers the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Ace, and Springsteen, and her vocals have been paired with Dolly Parton, Mark Knopfler, Conor Oberst, and Elvis Costello. Last year's Hard Bargain was unusual in that Harris wrote most of the material, with striking results about mentor Gram Parsons, post-Katrina New Orleans, the murdered Emmett Till, and her late friend Kate McGarrigle. All their spirits will likely swirl around the stage. Opening will be Field Report, a highly touted Milwaukee outfit with a fall album due that's the brainchild of Chris Porterfield, former bandmate of Bon Iver and Megafaun. (Photo by Jack Spencer)
Thu., June 28, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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