Though they began working together nearly
40 years ago, Old Yellow Moon is the first
equal billing project between Harris and
Crowell; while it’s a rich and warm meeting
of old friends, another celebrated country
figure looms large. This is a vibrant and
alluring collection of old school honky-tonk
tearjerkers and saloon bar shuffles that can’t
help but bring to mind Emmylou’s early 70s
recordings with the late Gram Parsons.
Crowell was an integral part of Harris’
post-Parsons Hot Band, and it’s plain to
hear that a long-standing chemistry exists
between the singers. Their voices weave
together beautifully on the opening
Hanging Up My Heart (one of two Hank
DeVito numbers featured) and the
heavenly heartache of Roger Miller’s
Invitation To The Blues.
It’s a gloriously democratic divvying-up of
lead roles, with Crowell’s rockabilly croon to
the fore on the self-penned Bluebird Wine,
first recorded way back when with Emmylou
out front, and Harris oozing sweet regret on
Back When We Were Beautiful.
Unashamedly traditional it may be, but
there will be few better country records
released this year.