Roses In The Snow (Expanded & Remastered)

Roses In The Snow (Expanded & Remastered)

1980’s ROSES IN THE SNOW, her sixth consecutive gold solo album for Reprise. Produced by Brian Ahern, it was Harris’ second bluegrass-flavored album featuring Ricky Skaggs singing backup and playing lead and rhythm everything, along with superpicker Albert Lee and the rest of The Hot Band. The mostly acoustic ROSES IN THE SNOW presaged Emmylou’s move in that direction during the ’90s with her post-Hot Band outfit The Nash Ramblers, and is often cited by reviewers as one of the best albums of her career. It’s authentic Americana beauty!Emmylou Harris’s 1980 back-to-the-roots album marks a high point in her career. With stellar support from Tony Rice (acoustic guitar), Albert Lee (mandolin), and Ricky Skaggs (fiddle), Harris wanders comfortably and warmly through traditional-country and bluegrass pastures. Skaggs, Dolly Parton, and the Whites add beautiful harmonies as Harris slides effortlessly from the Carter Family to the Stanley Brothers to the Louvin Brothers to Paul Simon. Among the set’s peaks are Flatt & Scruggs’s “I’ll Go Stepping Too,” with Rice, Skaggs, Lee (on superb electric guitar), and Dobro master Jerry Douglas turning up the instrumental heat, and the spiritual “Jordan,” with Harris, Skaggs, Rice, and Johnny Cash engaging in buoyant four-part harmonies. The 2002 reissue adds a pair of unreleased bonus tracks to the mix. –Marc Greilsamer

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