Emmlyou Harris: “All My Tears”
It all began with Emmylou for me. A friend told me to listen to Ballad of Sally Rose, and that was the first time I took country seriously. I wanted her in this series somewhere, but which song? Some of her songs, like “Boulder to Birmingham,” touch on dark subjects so gently they hardly count. “All My Tears” from her pivotal album “Wrecking Ball”is a song of both sadness and hope in salvation, while “Deeper Well” is a harrowing song of desperation and addiction. I’m going to add “The Road” as well, since it’s a bittersweet meditation on the loss of her mentor, the marvelous Gram Parsons, and I just like it.