June 8, 2011 16:33

Emmylou Harris pays tribute to Gram Parsons on new LP 'Hard Bargain'

Singer remembers former friend on 26th studio album

Emmylou Harris pays tribute to Gram Parsons on new LP 'Hard Bargain'
Emmylou Harris has paid tribute to folk legend Gram Parsons on her latest album 'Hard Bargain'.

Parsons discovered Harris in a Washington D.C folk club in 1971 and invited her to sing on his 1973 album 'GP', but he tragically died in the same year of a drug overdose. She has now recorded the track 'The Road' for 'Hard Bargain', which addresses her relationship with the singer.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Harris said of the track: "It’s terrible that Gram died so young, but I’m grateful that our paths crossed. It's a thank you to him and kind of a tip of the hat to the universe to say 'I’m still here and I was given all these wonderful things because of that meeting with this person.’ It’s just a reflection."

Harris has addressed her relationship with Parsons once before, on her 1975 track 'Boulder To Birmingham', but said that 'The Road' is a very different track.

She said: "'Boulder to Birmingham' was written in the throes of deep grief and shock, after losing someone that quickly and unexpectedly. So that was just a way of dealing with it, whereas now, you’re looking back from a great distance with a great deal of affection."

'Hard Bargain' is out now.

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