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Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Blend of contemporary folk, country, and pop


Only release together, Western Wall | The Tucson Sessions (1999)

See also:

Linda Ronstadt site
Emmylou Harris' site
Ectoguide entry for Linda Ronstadt, for Emmylou Harris
Ectoguide site for group work as Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris


Like their individual solo efforts

Covers/own material:

Mostly covers

General comments:

A duo project between country/folk/pop greats Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris.

Recommended first album:

Western Wall | The Tucson Sessions


Western Wall | The Tucson Sessions (1999)

Western Wall | The Tucson Sessions

Release info:

1999—Asylum Records—62408-2



Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Linda Ronstadt—lead vocal (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13); harmony (1, 2, 5, 9-12); vocal backing (7)
Emmylou Harris—lead vocal (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12); harmony (1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13); vocal backing (7); electric guitar, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Paul Kennerley—vocal backing (1); electric guitar (6)
Ethan Johns—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, guitar, drums, percussion, mandocello, marksaphone, optigon, dulcimer, synth bass
Greg Leisz—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, bass guitar, mandola, Weissenborne, mandolin, mandocello; vocal backing (13)
Andy Fairweather Low—electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar; vocal backing (13)
Bernie Leadon—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric 12 string guitar, mandolin, synthesized acoustic guitar bass, guitarone, mandocello, 6 string bass; vocal backing (13)
Neil Young—harmony & harmonica (3, 13)
Samantha Rowe—cello
Kate & Anna McGarrigle—vocal backing (5, 8); harmony (12)
Helen Watson—vocal backing (9)
Katie Aumonier—vocal backing (9)
Michel Pepin—bass guitar & cymbals (12)

Produced by:

Glyn Johns


Fine singers in a selection of favorite songs. Not as lulling as I had expected, partially due to unexpected guitar sounds from Ethan Johns. Rosanne Cash's "Western Wall" is perhaps my favorite song, and they more than do it justice here, as with Sinéad O'Connor's "This Is to Mother You" and Leonard Cohen's "Sisters of Mercy". (

I just love Emmylou Harris. I think of this album as being not my favorite of her projects, yet whenever I actually pull it out and listen to it I am pleasantly surprised. It's really quite beautiful, especially "Western Wall" and "1917." (JoAnn Whetsell)

Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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