Damn you, Emmylou!
I had it all planned out for Friday. Sort of. To be sure, it was inconvenient for Folkfest to schedule the great pairing of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell opposite the great solo act that is Robyn Hitchcock. But Emmylou was given a 30-minute headstart. Simple, then: watch 25 minutes or so of Emmylou and Rodney, then high-tail it to the nearest stage to catch the Soft Boy himself, telling tales and singing of fish and reptiles.
At 8:15 p.m., Harris, Crowell and their hot band sauntered onto the stage and launched into a disarming version of Return of the Grievous Angel, the two old friends harmonizing to make Gram proud. Next up was a lovely version of the Burritos’ Wheels. Third song: Emmylou’s evocative arrangement of Townes Van Zandt’s classic story-song Pancho and Lefty. Continue reading