It’s a who’s who of performers.
Vince Gill, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen and Daniel Lanois are the latest performers announced as part of the esteemed lineup of artists taking part in THE LIFE & SONGS OF EMMYLOU HARRIS: AN ALL- STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION, a once-in-a-lifetime concert honoring Harris. The taping will take place at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, on January 10.
The addition of these particular artists is meaningful as each has a great deal of shared history with Harris. The Grammy Award-winning Vince Gill has collaborated frequently with her on record and stage over the years, while Hillman was one of the first to discover her when he was in the Flying Burrito Brothers. Instead of asking her to join the band, he recommended the recently departed Gram Parsons hire her for the female vocalist spot he was trying to fill and the rest is rock n’roll history at its best. Herb Pedersen, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band alongside Hillman, appeared on Harris’ major-label debut Pieces of the Sky, released in 1975. He sang on a beloved song from that album, “If I Could Only Win Your Love.” Daniel Lanois produced 1995’s Grammy Award-winning masterpiece, Wrecking Ball, which is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time. Joining Lanois are musicians Jim Wilson and Steve Nistor who have toured with him and Harris in performance of Wrecking Ball.
In addition to the newly announced performers, the concert will feature a lineup of music stars, including: Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mavis Staples, Martina McBride, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Conor Oberst, Trampled By Turtles, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Iron & Wine, Shawn Colvin, Shovels & Rope, Sara Watkins and The Milk Carton Kids.
Don Was and Buddy Miller will serve as music directors that will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incredible concert event taping. Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show along with Harris’ manager Ken Levitan. Was and Wortman’s recent work together includes extraordinary concert events honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, amongst others. THE LIFE & SONGS OF EMMYLOU HARRIS: AN ALL-STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution.
“Emmylou Harris is a once-in-a-lifetime music artist,” says Wortman. “With the addition of Vince Gill, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and Daniel Lanois, whom all mean so much to her, we have joined together to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert event in her honor.”