Emmylou Harris, one of the most recognizable voices in music, opened the 2014 Red Butte Concert series on Tuesday night, offering up nearly two hours of country and folk ballads.
Opening song • Dressed in a black and white print skirt, and her silver hair flowing the June breeze, Harris walked on stage and quickly announced her presence with "Here I Am" from her 20th studio album "Stumble Into Grace."
Highlight • Harris' doesn't just sing a song, she tells a story, introducing fans to the people who have influenced her life and musical career. From "My Name is Emmett Till," the African American teenager who in the 1950s was murdered in racially charged Mississippi; to "Darlin' Kate" a tribute to friend and songwriting partner Kate McGarrigle, who died of cancer. From "The Road" for Gram Parsons, whom Harris credits for bringing her into country music; and "Home Sweet Home" for the Catholic priest who works with the homeless in Nashville. "He's a hero of mine," she said.