GOING DEEP

Emmylou harris brings the wrecking ball to BAM

Nonesuch Records’ reissue of gray country goddess Emmylou Harris’s 1995 album Wrecking Ball — no relation to Miley Cyrus’s pop ballad — hearkens back to a more innocent time, when all it took for guaranteed artistic “reinvention” was Brian Eno protégé Daniel Lanois in the producer’s seat. Harris, then considered over the hill at 48, applied her unexpectedly imperfect voice to some damn fine songs by Steve Earle, Julie Miller, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Gillian Welch, and title-track composer Neil Young. An atmospheric and elegant downer of a production, Wrecking Ball turned out to be Harris’s last great album. She reprises it tonight alongside Steven Nistor (drums), Jim Wilson (piano), and Lanois, who also provide an opening set of ethereal-guitar-tinted Americana.
Sat., April 12, 8 p.m., 2014

 
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