Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris made some Opry magic Saturday night (Aug. 1) when the three stepped into the circle together to perform on the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,935th consecutive Saturday night broadcast.
Between the three of them, the music legends have amassed a whopping 36 Grammy Awards and 109 nominations. Harris kicked off the show with “If I Could Only Win Your Love,” from her debut album Pieces of the Sky, and shared that it was the first song she ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry when she debuted in 1975. She reflected on performing it that night with Charlie Louvin, who had written and recorded the classic with his brother Ira.
The rich history and deep friendship between Crowell, Gill and Harris spans almost 50 years and was clearly evident as the three storytellers often found themselves going off their intended set lists to harmonize and collaborate on each other’s songs, including Harris’ “Out Under the Stars” and the Crowell-penned “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.”
Crowell performed “Still Learning How To Fly,” and “Bluebird Wine,” which he wrote and Harris recorded for her debut album, and together Crowell and Harris performed “You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try” from their 2015 duets album The Traveling Kind. Gill kicked off his performance with “Oklahoma Borderline,” which he co-wrote with Crowell and Guy Clark. When he performed Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again,” he described the tune as “the song that bonded a friendship that has lasted almost 44 years,” and he brought his friend Crowell to tears as he performed the Crowell-penned “Song For the Life” for Crowell’s upcoming birthday, with Crowell admitting, “For as long as I’ve known you, you can still make me cry.”
The three friends closed their Opry show with another Crowell-penned hit, “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight.”
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