Emmylou Harris

A 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018.

Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 14 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, and four Americana Awards.

Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and most recently Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead.

A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes.
She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.

The Red Dirt Boys

In 2008, Emmylou Harris hand-picked a band which included Phil Madeira, Chris Donohue, and Bryan Owings. After several changes in the guitar position, Will Kimbrough joined the group in 2010.

These dedicated friends have done many recordings together for other artists, and finally in 2017 wrapped up recording on their debut record which will be released in 2018.

The resume of who they've recorded and or played with individually and as a group is remarkable:

Emmylou Harris, John Scofield, Tony Joe White, Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin, Keb' Mo', Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Chris Hillman, The McGarrigles, The McCrary Sisters, Lee Ann Womack, Leeane Rimes, The Civil Wars, The Wood Bros, Mumford & Sons, Sam Bush, Matraca Berg, Birds Of Chicago, Over The Rhine, Allison Moorer, Steve Earle, Teddy Thompson, Ollabelle, Amy Helm, Buddy Miller, Iris Dement, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, Allen Toussaint, Daniel Lanois, The North Mississippi Allstars, Amy Stroup, Matthew Perryman Jones, Sugar and the Hi Lows, and more to be updated.

Phil Madeira

American singer/songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, born April 29, 1952. He plays Organ, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion, Harmonica, Percussion and several Guitars. Based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Will Kimbrough

Will Kimbrough is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose credits include the 2004 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Award,
12 songs on four recent Jimmy Buffett albums, current touring and recording with Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys, and producing two of Todd Snider's most acclaimed collections. Will was a member of guitar pop legends Will and the Bushmen and The Bis-Quits. He is a member of Willie Sugarcapps with Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane and Corky Hughes, whose 2013 self-titled album was critically acclaimed album recieved the Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album. He also is lead guitarist currently for Emmylou Harris's Red Dirt Boys. Will is also a member of DADDY, a collaboration with Tommy Womack, with a new record release, that is currently in the Top 40 Americana Radio Chart - "Let's Do This!"

Chris Donohue

American session musician, songwriter, and producer. Plays various instruments, but most often basses. A lot of work is Nashville-centered, but has also done work in the UK and elsewhere. He was born in New York City in the late sixties.

Bryan Owings

American drummer, born November 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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